Potters chief rules out swoops

Full-back Bridge is being linked with a move away from Manchester

City in January after falling out of favour with boss Roberto

Mancini. Keane is also struggling to cement a place in the

Tottenham first team and is expected to move on in the transfer

window, and both players have been linked with the Potters. But

Coates insists neither player’s name has come up during discussions

with City boss Tony Pulis. “No, there’s nothing in that,” Coates

said. “Certainly Tony has not mentioned it to me so I would be very

surprised if he did.” On Keane he added: “Anyone would be

interested in Keane, but we think we are pretty well covered in

that department. So I am not expecting that to be the case, but you

keep your options open. That is the secret.”