— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) September 1, 2013
Five word review: Gradual improvement without spending big.
In: Erik Pieters (PSV Eindhoven, £3m), Marko Arnautovic (Werder Bremen, £2m), Alex Grant (Portsmouth, Free), Marc Muniesa (Barcelona, Free), Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution, Free – joins in January), Oussame Assaidi (Liverpool, Free).
Out: Florent Cuvelier (Sheffield United, Undisclosed), Matthew Lund (Rochdale, Free), Carlo Nash (Norwich, Free), Mamady Sidibé (CSKA Sofia, Free), Matthew Upson (Brighton, Free), Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough, Free), Rory Delap (Burton Albion, Free), Ryan Shotton (Wigan, Loan).
Released: Michael Owen, Michael Clarkson, Matthew Gledhill, Jadan Hall, Andrew Musunga, George Rigg.
– Signings to indicate a change of philosophy.
– A Barcelona defender at Stoke. Nuff said.
– Nothing to set the world alight.