Mark Hughes frustrated with Stoke City's transfer business

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes looks on prior to kick-off against Liverpool during their Premier League match on January 12, 2014
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Mark Hughes says that Stoke City have been turned down by prospective new players on a "number of occasions".

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has revealed that he has been left disappointed on a number of occasions when trying to sign new players during the January transfer window.

The Potters have signed John Guidetti on loan from Manchester City and Stephen Ireland on a permanent deal, but Hughes concedes that numerous other agreements have fallen through.

"We felt we were close on a number of occasions prior to the window opening and we thought we would get our business done very quickly," he told Sky Sports News.

"You get close then all of a sudden you wake up one morning and you find the deal you think is on the table has gone somewhere else. So that's happened to us on a number of occasions."

Stoke are 13th in the Premier League.

Jason Puncheon of Crystal Palace celebrates scoring the opening goal with team mates during the Barclays Premier League match against Stoke City on January 18, 2014
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