Cape Town - Somehow Mark Hughes managed to lure Ibrahim Afellay and Xherdan Shaqiri to the Britannia Stadium and he deserves all the praise for that.
Stoke City's transfers rated: 8/10
Stoke have done remarkably well in the window considering their resources - the signings of Afellay and Shaqiri must be a real boost to the fans of the club.
In: Joselu (Hannover, £5.9m), Philipp Wollscheid (Bayer Leverkusen, undisclosed), Jakob Haugaard (FC Midtjylland, £600,000), Shay Given (Aston Villa, free), Marco van Ginkel (Chelsea, loan), Moha El Ouriachi (Barcelona, undisclosed), Ibrahim Afellay (Barcelona, free), Xherdan Shaqiri (Inter Milan, undisclosed), Sergio Molina (Real Madrid, undisclosed), Glen Johnson (Liverpool, free)
Out: Andy Wilkinson (released), Thomas Sorensen (released), Wilson Palacios (released), Robert Huth (Leicester, undisclosed), Asmir Begovic (Chelsea, undisclosed), Steven Nzonzi (Sevilla, £7m), Jamie Ness (Scunthorpe, free)
Best bit of business: Bringing Xherdan Shaqiri to the club was a massive boost for Stoke's hopes this season.
Worst bit of business: Stoke might just miss Steven Nzonzi this season but Jack Butland has stepped up to ease the pain of losing Asmir Begovic to Chelsea.
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