With the transfer deadline approaching, here is a look at the players the Midlands clubs in the top two leagues could be signings.
Mark Hughes has been appointed the new manager of Stoke City FC, replacing Tony Pulis.
Tony Pulis has urged Stoke City fans to get behind whoever succeeds him as the club's manager
Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after complaints about his behaviour at Newcastle yesterday.
Hughes was barred from the touchline and sent to the stands during Stoke's 5-1 defeat at St James' Park.
A statement from the FA said Hughes has until January 2 to respond to the charge.
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has been charged by The FA following his side's game at Newcastle United yesterday.
It is alleged that his behaviour in or around the 40th minute of the fixture amounted to improper conduct.
These pictures show the severe weather which led to Stoke City's League Cup tie against Manchester United being delayed for 10 minutes.
Play has now resumed at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke City's League Cup tie against Manchester United.
It was stopped for around 10 minutes because of severe weather conditions, with players being hit by hailstones and being buffeted by strong winds.
Referee Mark Clattenburg has actually called a halt to proceedings are in the dug-outs sheltering from the driving rain
Mark Hughes is furious; he clearly wants to carry on
Play has been stopped at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke's League Cup clash against Manchester United because of the bad weather.
The referee has called all players off the pitch as hailstones started to fall around quarter of an hour into the game. It is unclear whether the match will go on.
At half-time today during Stoke's match against Cardiff the city council will be presenting Stoke City and the Queen's Royal Lancers with the freedom of the city of Stoke-on-Trent.
The Freedom of the City is generally given to valued members of the community of dignitaries. It comes from an old medieval practice where some citizens were granted freedom from being a serf.
Stoke have doubts over the fitness of Kenwyne Jones and Marc Wilson, while Sunderland will give Wes Brown a late fitness test.
Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace have named Tony Pulis as their new manager on a two-and-a-half-year deal.[
](http://www.itv.com/news/central/2013-05-22/tony-pulis-disappointed-with-stoke-exit-but-proud-of-legacy/)Pulis left Stoke by mutual consent in May after the club failed to make much progress in the 2012/13 season.
Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is to officially launch his own charity this evening.
The aim of the charity is to enable the building and improvement of recreational facilities for youngsters in England and also Bosnia and Herzegovina, the country where Asmir was born.
Earlier this month, Begovic scored a spectacular long-shot goal and joined the exclusive group of goalkeepers who have scored in the Premier League.
England and Stoke City footballer, Peter Crouch, will take a break from the football pitch later today.
The 32-year-old striker is to visit St Peter's Academy in Stoke later today to open its new £32million building.
Pupils will get the chance to meet the footballer before he officially opens the new building.
Scoring goalie Asmir Begovic has joked that he is happy to share advice with his teammates after being the only Stoke player to hit the net in yesterday's match against Southampton.
Begovic became the fifth ever Premier League goalkeeper to score in the game, following in the footsteps of Peter Schmeichel, Paul Robinson, Brad Friedel and Tim Howard with his long-shot kick just 13 seconds into the match.
Speaking after the match, he said he was delighted - and not a little surprised - when he saw the ball had actually gone in.
It was nice. I've never scored a goal so I'll take it. I've never come close as I've never been allowed up for corners but it happened to go in.
I didn't think it was going in at all and when it went in I thought 'What?'.
It was a little bit surreal but the ball got caught in the wind and carried a distance.
I'm joint top-scorer now so it's working pretty well in my favour at the moment. If they want any pointers they know where I am and I'll pass it on to them.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5Live, he also said he was disappointed the team had not managed to capitalise on the early advantage and only came away with one point.