Monday 19 February 2018

Pulis rues losing out on Ba

Stoke 2 Bolton 0

Ken Gaunt

Stoke manager Tony Pulis says he is "desperately disappointed" that his proposed move for Demba Ba broke down after Hoffenheim's Senegal striker failed a medical


A fee believed to be £7.1m was agreed between the clubs -- as well as personal terms.

However Ba, 25, who needed knee surgery last summer, has returned to Germany, although Pulis refused to divulge what the problem was.

"I am desperately disappointed. You look at him and he has a tremendous scoring record," Pulis said after his side's victory against Bolton, which came thanks to Danny Higginbotham's goal and a Matthew Etherington penalty either side of half-time.

"Obviously they (Stoke's medical staff) found something which could cause problems later. The money involved is huge. We have to put the club first and I understand that."

Pulis, however, hinted the deal could still be resurrected. "It might be. You don't know," he said. "The deal we agreed was a great one for the club."

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