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Pulis targets N'Zonzi

August 29, 2012
By Ian Edwards

Tony Pulis is considering reviving his long-standing interest in Steven N'Zonzi - but he needs to raise the £5 million transfer fee.

Steven N'Zonzi
GettyImagesSteven N'Zonzi signed from Blackburn for a fee of £3.5 million that could rise to £5 million

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Stoke manager Pulis has been an admirer of the Blackburn Rovers midfielder for the last 12 months.

And Tuesday night's embarrassing Capital One Cup defeat to Swindon Town has given Pulis added incentive to freshen up a squad he believes has been short of investment all summer.

"We have got about three or four on-going transfer situations which we are trying to sort out," said Pulis.

"It would be nice to freshen it up, but I am fully aware we have a responsibility to do it within a framework. We have to move a few on and we will be doing our damndest to do that."

Pulis is also trying to revive a season-long loan deal with Spurs for Tom Huddlestone, but is now ready to challenge Norwich City for Blackburn's transfer-listed 23-year-old.

Norwich manager Chris Hughton has asked to take N'Zonzi on loan at Carrow Road, but Rovers' owners Venkys want a permanent transfer.

Pulis is notorious for striking last minute deals in the August window, but will be looking to offload Kenwyne Jones, Mamady Sidibe, Michael Tonge and Matthew Upson before Friday's 11pm deadline.

Wilson Palacios was omitted from the cup-tie with Swindon, but Pulis insists he has no plans to move on the £6m midfielder he signed from Spurs.

Pulis claims the Honduran is still short of full fitness and will be one of the over aged players in Stoke's squad for an Under-21 cup game against Morecambe.