Date: 11th August 2008 at 1:27pm
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Stoke City have apparently pulled out of a deal to get Valencia’s Nikola Zigic and have now turned their attentions to Chelsea’s Claudio Pizarro.

Chief Exec, Tony Scholes travelled to Spain at the end of last week to discuss the possibility of Zigic joining the Potters on loan, but with Valencia preferring a permanent deal instead it seems that the Potters have turned their attentions elsewhere with Tony Pulis telling the media over the weekend that ‘we have other irons in the fire’. Indeed, it seems that Scholes didn’t just meet with Valencia but also met officials from fellow Spanish club, Zaragoza and discussed several players with them.

One of Pulis’ irons could be Pizarro. The 29 year old Peruvian striker has just completed his first season at Stamford Bridge but hasn’t played since their FA Cup defeat at Barnsley and could be available on a season long loan deal worth around £4m.