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Stoke chairman Peter Coates has dismissed talk of Manchester City signing goalkeeper Asmir Begovic as speculation and stressed the club are determined to hang onto the Bosnia international until at least the end of the season.
Coates told the Stoke Sentinel: "This latest story was certainly news to me and I suspect it is just a bit of speculation. That's my guess, anyway, and we have certainly had no approach.
"He is a top goalkeeper, so this kind of thing is going to happen. We are just concerned that he concentrates on playing for us and doing what he has been doing up to now."
"It is important we keep him for the rest of the season. It is an important season and he is a key player. He certainly hasn't made any noises."
Sunderland captain John O'Shea feels "common sense" will have been shown if Wes Brown's red card against Stoke is overturned by the Football Association.
Black Cats defender Brown was controversially dismissed in the 36th minute of his team's 2-0 Premier League defeat at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday after making a sliding challenge on Charlie Adam.
– Sunderland captain John O'Shea
It's so frustrating.
We were a goal down at that stage but I thought we were in clear control of the game and it gave Stoke a massive, massive lift.
The ref's not had the best of days, has he?
Hopefully the red card will get overturned.
He took his time over it but he still managed to get it wrong because Wes has clearly won the ball. I don't think he even touched Adam.
Mark Hughes believes Stoke have paid the price for Greg Dyke's focus on increasing the number of English players in the Barclays Premier League after he was forced to concede defeat in his hopes of signing Juan Agudelo.
"We are really disappointed with the decision," said Hughes, who also expressed his frustration that the reasons for the rejection were not given.
"If I'm honest, I think there's lesser players been allowed in at previous work permit applications than Juan Agudelo. I just think maybe the goalposts have been changed somewhat."
"Obviously there was a statement by Mr Greg Dyke in terms of what he felt was lacking in the game and maybe the committee has taken that on board. Unfortunately we were the first work permit hearing after those statements.
Wish me good luck at my work permit hearing tomorrow in UK! Hope goes well. #Stokecity
Stoke City attempts to sign Juan Agudelo have been thwarted after the striker was refused a work permit by the home office, the club have announced.