Pulis stamps on Beckham talk
Tony Pulis has ruled out bringing David Beckham to Stoke on loan when the transfer window opens next week.
Last Updated: 30/12/10 12:13pm
Stoke boss Tony Pulis has ruled out bringing David Beckham to the Britannia Stadium on loan when the transfer window opens next week.
Former England captain Beckham, currently signed with United States side LA Galaxy, has been linked with a loan return to the Premier League in January, with Stoke reported to be among the clubs targeting his signature.
But while Pulis would like to see the 35-year-old midfielder return to England, he insists it will not be with the Potters.
Pulis told Sky Sports News: "No I think we'll give David a miss."
Asked whether he wanted to see Beckham back in the Premier League, he added: "I hope so. I think he's been a fantastic footballer and he's been great for this country."
Despite Beckham not being on his radar, Pulis says he has admired the former Manchester United man since the controversy at the 1998 World Cup, when the whole of England appeared to be calling for his head after he kicked out at Argentine Diego Simeone to earn a sending off.
Pulis said: "The best and the greatest thing for me from Beckham was the incident against Argentina in the World Cup in France, when he got sent off and really got slaughtered by everybody. It was almost like he'd cost England the World Cup, and his attitude and application after that was magnificent.
"I think he showed his true colours. And from that point onwards he's always been, in my opinion, held in very very high esteem, because he shook it all off and got on with it, got on with his life, and he's been a great player. And now he's a great advocate for English football."
Pulis has not ruled out strengthening his squad in the transfer window, adding: "I'm not sure. We'll have to wait and see.
"There's a market out there. How strong and how tough that market will be, like I say, we'll have to wait.
"I like to do a little bit of business in January, I think it livens it all up and shakes it all up. We'll certainly be in the market looking for one or two things."
Defender Danny Higginbotham has been linked with a move away from the Britannia, and Pulis says a move is not out of the question, adding: "If people come in, we'll look at every deal separately and we'll talk and see if it's right for the football club.
"Danny's under contract and we're paying him decent money. We've got a responsibility to look after this football club.
"If it's right for the players and us then we'll do it. If it's not, we'll continue paying them good money and they'll have to get on with it."