Peter Coates, the chairman of Stoke City, has hit back at criticisms that there has not been enough money spent at the Britannia Stadium this summer, reports Sky Sports. For Coates, the money has been available, but the Stoke targets have been unavailable regardless.
The chairman was referring specifically to the club’s pursuits of Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond and Liverpool midfielder Oussama Assaidi. In both cases, according to Coates, Stoke were prepared to meet the asking price for the player, but the deal could not come about for other reasons.
In the case of Redmond, Stoke met the Norwich man’s transfer fee only to find that the Canaries did not want to sell. In the case of Assaidi, a transfer fee was agreed but the deal fell through after disputes over personal terms.
‘We have made offers for players this year,’ Coates said, ‘On Nathan Redmond, we were prepared to pay money… We also met Liverpool’s asking price on Assaidi.’ There appears very little that the club could have done to push through a sale, especially in the case of Redmond.
Since suffering knock-backs, however, the Potters have brought in Victor Moses on loan from Chelsea, and Coates believes that the move indicates a change in direction. ‘Moses has then come along and so now we have got a different sort of deal,’ he said, ‘I’m satisfied with what we have done this summer. I believe we have had a good close season.’