The huge sums invested by the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool will soon start to filter down through the Premier League, according to Stoke boss Tony Pulis.
With this in mind, the Welshman believes he has a busy summer ahead of him and is braced to field bids for the likes of Jermaine Pennant, Matthew Etherington and Robert Huth, all of whom helped to make last season such a success for the Potters.
“It’s going to be an active market and an expensive market this year,” Pulis explained.
“The top six clubs are all looking to spend. That always filters through.
“Sunderland have sold big, Blackburn have sold big, and there will be other clubs who will have a little bit of money in their pockets to go out and buy players.
“I expect it to be a very difficult market but a market where there will be a lot of movement.”
Stoke finished in 13th position last season but were just three points off eighth.
They also secured Europa League qualification through reaching the final of the FA Cup, where they lost to Manchester City.
Stoke are not among the favourites for relegation next season given the solid foundations from which Pulis will be building.
However, the Potters are still joint tenth-favourites for the drop at 8/1, suggesting they could still be sucked into a bottom-of-the-table dogfight if Pulis’ summer rebuild does not work out.
Interestingly, Stoke’s relegation odds are shorter than those for Fulham and Aston Villa, despite the latter two clubs bringing in new managers earlier this month.
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