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Stoke City manager Tony Pulis looks for new signings

Portsmouth goalkeeper David James
David James had looked set to join Stoke

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has told BBC Radio Stoke that he will move onto other targets after missing out on signing goalkeeper David James.

The Potters pulled out of a move to sign the England international, 39, on loan from Portsmouth on Friday.

Speaking after the 1-1 draw against Liverpool, Pulis said: "Every time we got to a point where the deal was done, the goalposts were moved again.

"In the end, you just pull it, you move on and try and sign someone else."

With Thomas Sorensen and Steve Simonsen the only two recognised goalkeepers at the club, it is an area that Pulis is keen to strengthen.

He added: "We were fortunate to get through last season with two goalkeepers, and Thomas has had a spate of injuries over the past 18 months."

The Potters rescued a point in the final minute against Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium with a goal from defender Robert Huth.

"It was a tough game, because Liverpool worked hard and their attitude was fantastic," said Pulis. "There was no question that they were up for the fight."

The Stoke boss will assess injuries to Rory Delap and Abdoulaye Faye ahead of the FA Cup fourth round tie against Arsenal at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday, 24 January.

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see also
Stoke 1-1 Liverpool
16 Jan 10 |  Premier League
Stoke hopeful over deal for James
24 Jan 10 |  Stoke

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