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Tony Pulis unhappy with 'ridiculous' money in football

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis
Pulis watched his Stoke side lose 1-0 to Derby in a friendly on Tuesday

Stoke boss Tony Pulis has described the figures that some Premier League clubs spend on wages as "ridiculous".

"Good luck to the players if people want to pay them that much money," he told BBC Radio Stoke.

"The industry has become a glamour industry and the sums, if they're true, are absolutely ridiculous in my mind."

Portsmouth teenager Florent Cuvelier is the only summer signing that Stoke, who finished 11th in the Premier League last season, have made so far.

Manchester City have been the highest-spending Premier League club of the summer so far, bringing in players such as David Silva and Yaya Toure for transfer fees in excess of £20m.

Reports claim that Ivory Coast midfielder Toure is earning around £200,000 per week at Eastlands.

Pulis admitted that he is growing tired of Stoke being linked with potential transfer targets and will wait before adding any more new players.

"We've been linked with 138 people and we'll see what happens," said Pulis. "I'm just very pleased that no one's linked us with the players that we're looking for.

"The best deals will be done at the back end of it [the transfer window] and we may have to wait until then to get the deals that we want."

The Potters were beaten 1-0 by Championship side Derby County in a pre-season friendly at Pride Park on Tuesday.

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see also
Portsmouth snap up Stoke's Sonko
16 Jul 10 |  Portsmouth
Man City complete 24m Silva deal
14 Jul 10 |  Man City
Stoke sign teenager from Pompey
08 Jul 10 |  Stoke
Manchester City sign Yaya Toure
02 Jul 10 |  Man City
Man City secure Boateng signing
05 Jun 10 |  Man City

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