Stoke are now shopping at a different level, says Hughes

first_img1 Mark Hughes Stoke manager Mark Hughes believes his club is now shopping in a different transfer market.The Potters recorded their best ever Premier League finish of ninth last term, with a record points total of 50, and they are currently in the same position on 47 with four matches to go.Hughes has already demonstrated his prowess in the market by persuading former Barcelona prodigy Bojan Krkic to move to the Britannia Stadium, where he was a revelation until a cruciate knee ligament injury ended his season in January.And the Welshman feels consistent finishes in the top half of the Premier League will only strengthen their hand when it comes to attracting other players.“I think we are viewed in a different light now anyway. We are working in different markets,” he said.“Players and their agents feel we are a viable option for their clients these days and that is a consequence of having, hopefully, back-to-back top-10 finishes in the Premier League and the type of football we are trying to play.“We’ve got more options and better and different choices than possibly we’ve had in the past.“This year we had Victor Moses, we’ve had other players from Chelsea, Oussama Assaidi from Liverpool, so top clubs know their players can come here and the way we play and train is very similar to what they are exposed to at the top clubs.“They know there is not that much issue in terms of adaptation when they come here.”last_img