Stoke have revealed they have extended their loan of Liverpool's Senegal international midfielder Salif Diao until the end of the season.
Liverpool have regularly sent Diao out on loan
"There's plenty of excitement around the place. He's coming until the end of the season and it's a smashing deal for the club," said Stoke boss Tony Pulis.
"He will improve what we've got and that's what we're looking to do.
"There are one or two other areas that we want to strengthen because the pressure to get points mounts now."