Stoke City transfer update: World Cup star and Monaco striker linked

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Strikers still on the agenda for Hughes, completing one deal, and with a Monaco forward and a former Sunderland star both linked to the Britannia.

As we head into the second half of the month, and with Mark Hughes having done his bits of first business this week in securing John Guidetti on loan and Stephen Ireland permanently, the Welshman has clearly caught the transfer bug.

The Stoke boss admitted that he is still on the lookout for players ahead of the game with Crystal Palace, with the recruitment of attacking players remaining the focus.

“We are still looking to get a couple more [forwards] through the doors here if it is possible to do that,” Hughes told the pre-match press conference.

“There is still a good amount of time left this month and we will all be looking to try and get a few more in. They have to be the right deals for the club though – that is the important thing.”

Ghana star Asamoah Gyan in on loan?

One of the players he is reputedly looking at is former Sunderland hotshot Asamoah Gyan. The striker moved to the UAE in 2012, and may be about to return to England with Stoke and West Ham United interested in a frontman who has already scored 16 goals this season for Al-Ain.

Talksport reports however that Gyan's wage, said to be around £140,000 a week, is likely to be a sticking point.

Juan Agudelo joins, but gets ready to head to Belgium on loan

One attacking signing finally confirmed is USA international Juan Agudelo. As reported earlier in the week, the 21-year-old joins from MLS side Chivas but due to earlier work permit problems will now head out to an unconfirmed Belgian side for regular football ahead of the World Cup.

Monaco's Emmanuel Riviere could come in

Another loan signing linked to Stoke is Emmanuel Riviere, currently just one goal behind Radamel Falcao in the club's scoring charts. 

The former French Under-21 forward has done well in Ligue 1 this season, with 8 goals in 16 games. However, he has just 2 in his last 8, and despite playing regularly may be deemed disposable by free-spending Monaco, who would sanction a loan if they could bring in a superstar to play alongside main man Falcao.

Other transfer news:

Tony Pulis is unlikely to return to Stoke to bring any of his former players to Crystal Palace according to the Stoke Sentinel.

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Hughes confirmed that Kenywe Jones has been fined for refusing to play against Liverpool - after rumours linking the frontman with a move to Everton.

The Stoke boss also claimed to know nothing of rumours linking Charlie Adam with a switch to Galatasary.

Does Hughes need to strengthen other areas of his team or just his forward line?

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