Assistant boss outlines transfer plans.
Stoke City’s assistant manager Mark Bowen has confirmed that the club are looking to add “one or two” more new faces this summer before the transfer window closes, Sky Sports reports.
Stoke have so far added defensive duo Erik Pieters and Marc Muniesa to their squad, with American international forward Juan Agudelo signing a pre-contract agreement to move to the Britannia Stadium in January.
The Potters have also been in negotiations with Bundesliga club Hannover for former Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf, and Bowen has confirmed that the side are looking to boost their attacking options.
“If we can bring one or two new faces in, maybe in forward areas, it pushes the ones who are here already to raise their game and also gets supporters excited,” he said.
“We’ll keep looking before the transfer window closes and hopefully we can add to the squad.
“Mark Cartwright, our technical director, is on board as well. It’s a case of all of us scouring Europe and the home countries as well to address the parts of the squad that we feel needs strengthening.”
Bowen was put in place as Hughes’ number two back in June and he also took time to speak of his delight at the players adapting to the new style of play being imposed.
“It’s been a hectic time for us all coming into the club, getting to know the players, but we’ve been absolutely delighted with the application of the squad,” he added.
“It’s been well documented we’re trying to tweak the style of play to be a more expansive team, and everything we’ve put to the players they’ve embraced so we’re looking forward to the first game.
“The supporters have been very good. We had our first home game against Genoa last Saturday and I think it was a different style of play they were looking at, but the first impressions are that the supporters are on board and behind it.”