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Bruce waits for Mwaruwari after Stoke stalemate

Steve Bruce will be hoping for positive news from the Premier League today as he waits to find out whether he has signed Benjani Mwaruwari until the end of the season.

Having already tied up a deal for Tottenham right-back Alan Hutton, Bruce was hoping to finalise the Manchester City striker's loan move before yesterday's 5pm deadline.

But a host of technical problems delayed the move and Bruce is now waiting to hear if he has succeeded in his chase for the Zimbabwean.

On the evidence of last night's lacklustre 0-0 draw with visiting Stoke, the 31-year-old's presence would certainly be welcome on Wearside.

Bruce said: "We've done everything we possibly can and I'm convinced we had everything in in time. We hope common sense prevails."

Despite being marginally outplayed by the Potters, Bruce's side had reason to query two of referee Howard Webb's decisions.

First, Dean Whitehead was only cautioned for a kick at Lee Cattermole, and Webb waved away Darren Bent's penalty appeals when Robert Huth appeared to handle on the hour.

Bruce said: "I thought it was a clear penalty and a clear sending-off too. Those could be defining moments."

Stoke boss Tony Pulis said: "It wasn't the prettiest game but it was a good point for us and I'm pleased."

Pulis also hailed the £3.25m signing of Portsmouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic before the deadline.

"We think he is a great addition and a great signing," said Pulis. "We think he is one of the best young goalkeepers in the country."


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