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Hughes Confident Of Arrivals

MARK HUGHES has assured supporters that the Club are working around the clock in a bid to strengthen the playing squad prior to the closure of the summer transfer window in eleven days time.

The Welshman has acquired the services of both Erik Pieters and Marc Muniesa following his appointment as manager back in May, as well as tying Jermaine Pennant down to a new deal after he looked set to depart the Britannia Stadium.

Hughes acknowledges that he has been pleasantly surprised by the quality already at his disposal, but remains eager, and confident of bringing in a number of new faces to the Club before the 11pm deadline on Tuesday week.

"I won't lie, it has been a very difficult transfer window to navigate, but we have a number of balls in the air and we are confident of catching one or two of them before the closure of the transfer window," he said.

"We are all working incredibly hard to get players in, and whilst things haven't dropped for us recently, we are confident of having new players here before the deadline.

"Ideally, we would have wanted them in before now to give the players time to settle in and become accustomed to what we want from them, but unfortunately it isn't always in our hands."

He added: "There is a long process to go through before you can get a player to the Club, and if the agents or clubs aren't receptive to what you are offering then that makes it difficult."

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