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Stoke boss Pulis: I twice tried to sign Lukaku

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis admits he's twice tried to sign Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku will lead the line for today's opponents West Bromwich Albion.

Pulis said: "I spoke to Chelsea first-team coach Steve Holland. He was very complimentary about Romelu and we wanted him.

"Unfortunately, there were plenty of other people who knew about him, too. I think West Ham and Fulham were in there. But Steve got him on loan because of his connections with Chelsea.

"Romelu's a good signing and has got better as the season's gone on."

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