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Stoke boss Pulis plans to pick up top talent from big club clearouts

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis sees an opening for them in the summer transfer market.

The Sentinel says Pulis is convinced the big clubs will be busy in the transfer market this summer, and that could leave Stoke in with a shout of a clutch of players like Christian Poulsen at Liverpool, his French team-mate David Ngog, Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson and even winger Shaun Wright-Phillips at Manchester City.

It could also re-open the possibility of an ambitious inquiry for Tottenham's Jermaine Jenas after another frustrating campaign of only 14 league starts for the 28-year-old former England midfielder.

"I expect it to be a busy close-season," said Pulis. "A lot of money will be spent at the top end of the market - not just Man City, as everyone expects, but also United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham. I think they will all have a go.

"That either clogs up the market because unwanted players are sitting on big contracts that clubs like us will not pay, or hopefully it might free the market up if their clubs help out so we can do the deals."

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