Stoke City assistant Mark Bowen admits the club is still searching for one or two new forwards.

Potters boss Mark Hughes has been unsuccessful in his pursuit of Hannover's Mame Biram Diouf but Bowen insists the chase for new attacking quality will not stop there.

"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 told Sky Sports News Radio.

"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."

Stoke kick off their Premier League campaign with a trip to Liverpool on Saturday.

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