‘I’m trying to put my stamp on it’ – Stoke City boss quizzed on anymore potential transfer business before deadline day



Michael O’Neill is leaving the door slightly ajar for more transfer incomings – if he can clear the decks over the final five weeks of the window.

The Stoke City boss has now brought in four new signings plus the return of James Chester as he puts his own stamp on the squad he inherited last season.

Jacob Brown is the latest arrival, from Barnsley, and trained with his new teammates for the first time yesterday as the group prepares for tomorrow’s Championship curtain raiser at Millwall.

The most urgent areas have been addressed as a priority and the current priority is outgoings and finding new homes for those stuck on the fringes.

When asked if he was done for signings, O’Neill said: “Well, I think the chairman would say I am! That’s natural.

“We have a few players on the periphery of things who probably need to look for a new opportunity for them.

“If we can trim the squad a little bit and a new player became available who we thought could strengthen us we would look to do it but we’re realistic. You can’t just keep adding players.

“We inherited a big squad here and I’m trying to put my stamp on it and bring my players to the club as well and build a team I would like to build.

“Last season we were obviously playing with players who had predominantly been brought to the club by previous managers and there’s a natural process in that.

“But we’re always going to look for areas where we can improve the squad. We’re restricted financially in what we can do obviously by Financial Fair Play so I would say at this minute in time it would be difficult to see anyone else in unless players start to leave.”





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