Stoke City boss Tony Pulis insists he hasn't fallen out with Sunderland's Roy Keane - despite their blow-up over Marton Fulop's on-off move to the Brit.

Pulis said: "You try to have a decent relationship with all managers. It's a difficult job and it's a tough job at times and most managers respect most managers."

Despite snubbing Fulop, Pulis has signed Danny Higginbotham, Liam Lawrence and Rory Delap from Wearside.

He added: "We've picked up some good players from Sunderland. I'm pleased we've got a few of the lads out of there."