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Stoke boss a Carroll admirer but still glad he bought Jones

Stoke boss Tony Pulis had an interest in Andy Carroll over the summer - but has no regrets to have ended up with Kenwyne Jones. Jones has scored three goals in his last three games after an injury-interrupted start to his Potters career.

Pulis, though, believes the £8million summer arrival from Sunderland has even more to offer once he is up to full fitness.

"Kenwyne's got all the tools to be an outstanding player for this club," said Pulis.

"Three goals in his last three games have helped his confidence, but I firmly believe there is a lot more to come from the lad.

"We still think he can get fitter, he can be a lot sharper, and if he manages to do that, then he will be a real handful for defenders.

"Having said that, he's worked really hard to overcome the injury setback and he has worked well with the other players too, so we're delighted with the impact he has already made.

"He is a fantastic signing for this club."

Stoke will come up against another in-form striker at St James' Park on Sunday, Newcastle's Carroll, and Pulis admits he is a player that has been on his radar in the past.

The Potters boss said on the official website: "We've looked at Andy, but there have been loads of clubs looking at him, and I am sure there will be a lot more in the future.

"Newcastle knew they had something they wanted to keep and fair play to them.

"He has played at every representative level for England except full international, but I don't believe it will be all that long before he wins a full cap."

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