Cisse waits on Pulis decision
By Andrew Scurr & Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Tony Pulis has yet to decide whether to offer trialist Aliou Cisse a contract at Stoke.
Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has yet to decide whether to offer trialist Aliou Cisse a contract at The Britannia Stadium.
The 30-year-old is a free agent after leaving Portsmouth at the end of the season and is hoping to remain in England.
Fellow Championship side Leeds United have also recently had Cisse on trial but Stoke are the latest to run the rule over the Senegal international.
Cisse was involved in Stoke's 2-1 reserve defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday but Pulis will discuss the possibility of offering him a contract later in the week.
"I thought he was okay in the game," Pulis told the Sentinel. "We are going to talk with him at the end of the week about what is going to happen.
"Obviously I can't say at this moment whether we will be able to bring him in until we have spoken, and he also has other irons in the fire too.
"I also want to talk to my staff about him."
Meanwhile, Genoa goalkeeper Alessio Scarpi is thought to have impressed Stoke coaching staff during his time on trial at the club.
Scarpi has returned to Italy after trials with both Stoke and Leeds but is thought to be hopeful of winning a contract with The Potters.
Reports in Italy suggest officials from the Championship club will be in attendance at Genoa's friendly match against Spezia where an impressive performance from Scarpi could see him seal a move to England.