Date: 29th January 2018 at 10:43pm
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Stoke City manager Paul Lambert has confirmed that he still hopes he can strengthen the group ahead of Wednesday’s transfer deadline.

With Stoke City hosting Watford on Wednesday night, Lambert knows it’s a pathetic scheduling choice by the Premier League but equally he and others have to cope with it, but with strong media speculation linking us to Galatasaray midfielder Badou Ndiaye, he wouldn’t be drawn on names other than confirming he was still active in the market and hoping a deal or two could be done.

Speaking to Sky Sports as he met with the media this week, the Scotsman explained.

‘Chief executive Tony Scholes will deal with that side of things. We have spoken about players and there is players we think can help, but January is a really difficult month to bring the right type of people in.’

Pressed on Ndiaye in particular, he went on to say.

‘I have looked at a number of players since I came here. There is a number of lads we have looked at and who we think can help us. If we can get one or two in, then great.’

With Stoke pulling out of the dropzone following the win over Huddersfield, he went on to say.

‘The league is so tight and every game is huge for us. I said when I arrived that we had 15 cup finals left to play, we’ve won one and now this is the next one. If we win on Wednesday we could end up being somewhere near 10th place in the table, it is so tight. We have had a great start winning the first game and there is a good feeling around the place and some momentum, even from the fans. Hopefully we can give them some more of the same. Not playing in the FA Cup at the weekend, while it’s a shame not to be in the competition, was beneficial for us as we have had chance to work on a few things.’

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