Stoke chairman Coates wants last-day win to boost transfer funds

The Potters supremo hopes to see his side defeat Southampton in their final Premier League game as there is £5 million in finishing-position prize money up for grabs
Stoke City chairman Peter Coates wants his side to beat Southampton in their final Premier League match in order to maximise their prize money.

With the club capable of finishing between 10th and 17th depending on results, the Potters supremo says that the game at St Mary's Stadium could have a significant result on their transfer funds this summer, with a gap of £5 million between the two extreme positions.

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Coates told ESPN: "The money available nowadays is enormous and that makes this such an important game for the football club.

"Every game is important but this one shows just how important, financially, and professional players should always turn up with the right attitude."

With Michael Owen retiring and Cameron Jerome and Kenwyne Jones both likely to be sold, manager Tony Pulis is on the lookout for a new striker and spent Sunday evening watching Real Sociedad face Granada, reportedly scouting Imanol Agirretxe and Carlos Vela.

Coates has invested around £90 million since his arrival at the club but is hoping that they can earn their own summer funds by avoiding a repeat of their 2010-11 season closer, when a 1-0 defeat to Wigan saw them miss out on significant sums.

"I can certainly remember the Wigan game," the chairman recalled. "That cost us a huge amount of money, about £2.5m, I think. I certainly hope we don't do the same on Sunday."