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Stoke chairman Coates reveals failed swoop for Liverpool duo Sturridge & Ings

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has revealed the club tried to sign Liverpool duo Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings in the winter transfer window.

The Potters have come under fire from supporters for failing to bring in a striker in January, with a lack of goals being a primary cause of their relegation battles.

But Coates says Sturridge chose West Bromwich Albion over the Potters, and once he did, Liverpool were reluctant to let Ings leave as well.

He told the Stoke Sentinel: "We did try to strengthen again in January, it wasn't something we were unaware of, but football is more complicated than that.

"We tried to spend money, but for whatever reason we weren't successful. Good strikers who will make a difference are not easy to find, as anyone in football will tell you.

"We tried to sign Daniel Sturridge from Liverpool for example, but he preferred West Bromwich Albion because he wanted to move to that area. We tried for Danny Ings, but once they let Sturridge go they wouldn't let him go."

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