Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has confirmed today that the Potters will not be pursuing either David Nugent from Portsmouth or Dean Ashton from West Ham United, both strikers having been heavily linked with City over the summer.
"We're not interested in David. We've not been in touch with Portsmouth at all," Pulis told Sky Sports News.
"Dean was one that we inquired about, but that's as far as we've gone with that one."
Only Dean Whitehead has been added to the Potters' squad in a somewhat frustrating summer of transfer dealings for the Midlands outfit, and Pulis conceded that trying to secure the players who could help the club progress was proving tricky.
"We're vying for players that will improve the team and it's not easy. I think the higher you go the more difficult it becomes to maintain what you want or to progress," he added, before revealing that the club chairman was spending something in the region of £8 million improving the club's training facilities.
"We're having the training ground completely revamped. We're trying to drag the club up and bring it up to a level that is competitive with everybody else."
He also maintained that the second season any club faces in the Premier League can produce unforeseen problems, and was warning everyone connected with the club against complacency.
"There is a second season syndrome. I think it's fourteen (sic) years
now the Premier League's been going and there's actually only two clubs
who've bettered their first year total," he explained.
"There's a lot of
pitfalls ahead. If we take our foot off the pedal, if people get
complacent around you, that includes the supporters who played such a
massive part for us last year, then we could come a cropper."
Zack Wilson, Goal.com
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