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Friday, January 13, 2012
Pulis rejects Uchebo deal

ESPNsoccernet staff

VVV Venlo's giant striker Michael Uchebo will not be joining Stoke, according to manager Tony Pulis, after an unsuccessful trial period.

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Uchebo, 20, has a contract which expires at the end of the season and could be available for as little as 1 million this month. The Nigeria Under-20 international, who stands at 6' 6'', has scored one goal in 13 appearances this season in Holland's Eredivisie and said he was keen to move to England.

"My game and my physique are set for English football," Uchebo told Sky Sports. "Tony Pulis loves strong athletes but quality ones as well. Guys like Peter Crouch, [Ricardo] Fuller have decent technique, hopefully the deal can go through and I will get my work permit and play my football on the bigger stage.

"VVV Venlo is a good starting point in the Eredivisie but the Premier League is a top league and a dream league for anyone who plays football."

However, Pulis has rejected the chance to take him on a permanent deal.

"He came in and technically he looks a good player, but he's not going to be for us," he told BBC Radio Stoke. "If there's players that fit the bill and we can do a deal with them, we'll do it, but they have to be good players that will come in and improve us."

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