The Britannia Stadium manager has already recruited Mame Biram Diouf, Steve Sidwell and Phil Bardsley and expects a number of first-team players to leave the club this summer
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That leaves Stoke with 27 first-team players currently at the club and competition for places rife.
And the former Manchester City boss concedes the bloated nature of his squad makes departures likely, though he is not predicting a fire sale.
"It's a balance," he told The Stoke Sentinel.
"Sometimes players recognise where they are in the group and make the decision themselves that they need to move on to progress their career.
"Some will have those conversations with their people and with their families.
"I don't anticipate a lot of players leaving but some will feel their futures lie elsewhere."