Potters loathe to lose Kenwyne Jones to Swansea City
ROBERT Huth admits Stoke City would be "gutted" if Kenwyne Jones leaves for Swansea City this month.
Swansea want Jones and, although they are yet to agree a fee, it seems the Trinidad & Tobago international may well arrive in Wales before the January transfer window closes.
It seems Stoke are willing to do a deal despite the fact that Jones has been their form forward in recent weeks.
And Huth reckons it will be a sad day for the Potters if they let Jones leave.
"The whole club and all the lads would be gutted if he leaves especially after his performances this season, when he made a big difference," said the Stoke centre-back.
"He has scored so many important goals for us so it would be disappointing if he left — and a great signing for Swansea if he joins."
Stoke boss Tony Pulis suggested that he does not want to lose Jones — although he refused to rule out the idea of selling a player who cost £8 million when he arrived from Sunderland in 2010.
"If an offer comes in for any player in the Premier League and it's the right offer then you look at it and then speak to the player," Pulis said.
"For example, I've had an offer this week for a player and I don't want him to go.
"There is an offer there and it's around about what the club would expect, but I've said to the player if you don't want to leave mate, then you can stay. And he wants to stay.
"And this is the same position (with Jones). We are in no financial trouble at this football club. We run the club soundly and I'm honest with the players.
"If it comes to a point where we accept an offer from Swansea then it will be down to Kenwyne whether he wants to go on that.
"Because if he says no, there will be no problems with me."
There are suggestions that Jones, who has 18 months to run on his Stoke contract, could be interested in a move to Swansea.
But Pulis added: "Kenwyne has never come into my office and said he wants to leave the football club.
"It's great speculation. If the two clubs are talking then they have to talk and speak to me and then I'll speak to Kenwyne.
"You always want to keep your top strikers. I'll be as open and honest as anybody."
Pulis, meantime, accepted that Stoke were well beaten by Swansea this weekend.
Michael Laudrup's men dominated the game and ran out comfortable 3-1 winners.
"We were second best from the first whistle to the last. Swansea were better and deserved to win. I've got no excuses," Pulis said.
"You have good and bad days in football and this was a bad day for us. We looked a yard short all over the pitch. We looked sluggish and sloppy.
"Whether it's the fact we played Crystal Palace in extra time and had to travel down early and not been able to do anything for two days because of the snow, I don't know.
"But it wasn't us out there. There's no excuses, but here I go. We had three recognised full-backs injured and had to play two midfielders at full-backs. That doesn't help.
"But I don't want to take anything away from Swansea. They were very good and deserve the plaudits."