Pulis: Potters won’t pounce for Pete

Injuries to strikers Kenwyne Jones and Mamady Sidibe have

strengthened Pulis’ conviction that he has to bring in

reinforcements. The Potters boss is without both his big front men

for Tuesday’s Carling Cup second-round tie at home to League Two

side Shrewsbury. Jones, an £8million signing from Sunderland,

has not played since injuring his ankle on the opening day of the

Premier League season while Sidibe is out for the season after

snapping an Achilles tendon in Saturday’s defeat to Tottenham and

underwent an operation on Monday. Having brought in Jones and

Ipswich’s Jon Walters – with James Beattie having left for Rangers

and Dave Kitson out of favour – Pulis knows he has to find more

back-up, even though he also has Ricardo Fuller and Tuncay Sanli.

Pulis has dismissed reports linking him with Crouch, insisting the

England international is out of their price range, but admits he is

looking for more additions before the transfer window closes. “No,

we wouldn’t be able to afford Peter Crouch,” said the Potters boss.

“But the fact we have lost Kenwyne and Mama in our first two

matches shows how lightweight we are in certain areas of the squad.

“This happens in football, you have a run of good luck just as you

then have a run of bad luck. “So we will be looking to address that

situation before the deadline and, as I have stated before, it is

important we bring more goals to the team. “We were looking at four

[signings] before Mama got injured, but there will be players

leaving as well and we are hoping the next few days will be busy

for everyone connected with the club.” Pulis was remaining coy on a

move for Bothroyd, adding: “I think [Cardiff boss] Dave Jones would

be delighted you are touting his players around, but we will do our

business the way we do our business and that is through the right

channels.” There have been suggestions that Tuncay may be one to

leave the Britannia Stadium as he has struggled to hold down a

regular place since his move from Middlesbrough. Pulis refused to

confirm whether that would be the case but he did not rule it out.

“Again there has been loads of speculation about loads of players

leaving and for people to be moving on to do deals you have to have

happy parties, have two clubs agree on a deal and the player has to

be happy to move,” he told Sky Sports News. “There is a lot of work

that goes on behind the scenes and whether Tunny is one of them we

will have to wait and see.” Chief executive Tony Scholes confirmed

Pulis’ intention to bolster the squad before the end of the month.

“There is likely to be more activity on that front before the

window shuts as we look to improve the first team squad,” he said.