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The Potters boss has stated he plans to keep hold of the former Birmingham City man despite the forward struggling to establish himself as a regular in their club’s starting XI

Stoke boss Tony Pulis has revealed he plans to keep "exceptional" striker Cameron Jerome at the club despite the forward struggling to establish himself as a regular starter.

Jerome has fallen down the pecking order with Peter Crouch, Jonathan Walters and Kenwyne Jones ahead of him a various times so far this season.

This had led to speculation the former Birmingham City man could be on his way out of the club, but Pulis has been quick to state his desire to hold of the 26-year-old.

He told the Daily Express: "Cameron has been exceptional. His attitude has been first class.

"We didn't have any enquiries [in January] and I wouldn't have accepted it anyway because I think he's an important part of the group and the team. He can score all sorts of goals, he has pace and power.

"When the game opens up in the last quarter of an hour, he's a great player to bring off the bench. He's a game changer without a doubt.

"But he's still moaning and groaning because he reckons he should be playing all the time. I'd be really disappointed if he wasn't moaning and groaning."

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