Stoke V Leicester at bet365 Stadium : Match Preview

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16 December 2016
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Hughes promises to spend Stoke transfer funds wisely in January

Stoke boss Mark Hughes has vowed to spend wisely in the January transfer window ahead of Leicester's visit.

The 53-year-old is eager to improve the Potters squad as he looks to turn them into European contenders in 2017.

Hughes admitted he will be offered players constantly before next month's transfer deadline but, with cash available, will not blow the money on just anyone.

He said: "We are constantly looking at opportunities and I am sure we will be getting calls in January. It isn't an easy window to navigate, I have said that before.

"You can do good work in January and not get a player over the line but it helps out in the summer. That happened with Xherdan Shaqiri a couple of years ago.

"There is money there and if a player becomes available who we feel will help us then I am sure we will be able to get it done. We want players who will make a major impact straight away rather than squad players."

Marko Arnautovic is suspended after he was sent off in the goalless draw against Southampton but Erik Pieters and Marc Muniesa are expected to be fit after suffering knocks against the Saints.

Danny Drinkwater insists Leicester will resolve their poor form and their title-winning dressing room remains united.

The Foxes are four points above the Premier League relegation zone and travel to Stoke on Saturday still looking for their first away league win of the season.

Drinkwater is hoping to shake off a knee injury which forced him out of Tuesday's 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth and after a poor title defence so far the England midfielder believes they will turn things around.

"The league form in general has been a bit up and down and it's something that we are trying to put right and climb the league," he told LCFC TV, with the Foxes 14th, following one win in their last seven league games. "Form comes and it goes, but what we are doing is working hard to put it right.

"The gaffer has a good mentality here of when the game is gone, you just prepare for the next one and that's what we're doing. That's all we can keep doing - if it's not going right, make sure it does go right in the next game.

"We don't want to be where we are in the league. We're working hard as a team, and that's the staff included, to put it right. We know what we've got in the dressing room and we know what we're capable of - everyone saw it last year.

"It's just about trying to stay positive and turning it around as fast as we can. We've shown glimpses in the Champions League and in the game against Manchester City, so we need more performances like that."

Kasper Schmeichel could return after a broken hand while Danny Simpson is available for boss Claudio Ranieri after a one-game ban.




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