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Coates says Stoke money available for striker signing

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has revealed they're in the market for a new striker.

Coates will make money available to manager Mark Hughes for the January transfer window.

"There will be money available for Mark in January and it's pretty clear that we are looking for a striker," Coates said. "That's the one position where we need to strengthen but they're not cheap and we haven't been able to find one for one reason or another. We tried to do deals before the last transfer window closed but they didn't come off and we couldn't attract the kind of striker we wanted.

"We're looking and it depends on the deal making sense to us. We will look all over Europe and I believe our recruitment is getting better all the time. There is nobody singled out at this moment but it will be Mark's choice and there is money for him."

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