Queens Park Rangers had a £9m bid for Dawson accepted last week, but the England international’s potential move to Loftus Road stalled after the centre-half was unable to agree personal terms with the Hoops.
Pulis, who is also keen to sign Huddlestone on loan from Spurs, wants to land Dawson but admitted the former Nottingham Forest defender’s price tag could prove to be a stumbling block.
“I’d love to take Dawson off Spurs but whether we could afford him or not I’m not sure. We will see what happens,” said Pulis.
“Huddlestone and Dawson and people like that would improve us and make us a better team, but whether you’re Arsenal or Stoke City, you have a level to what you can spend and who you can bring in and we have to work to that level.
“If we have to bite the bullet a little bit we have to bite the bullet, but hopefully it will make this club better in future years.”
Stoke are also set to sign Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu, and Pulis expects the United States international to complete a move to the Britannia Stadium before the transfer window closes on Friday.
“We’ll hopefully know more about a couple of players on Monday, whether they’re leaving or whether they’re coming in,” Pulis added.
“I hope next week will be a busy week for us because we need to freshen it up. We’ve taken Maurice Edu. Hopefully that will be completed by Monday.
“We have to do it [transfers] in a much more structured way this year.
“We spent 23 years outside of the top flight and we’re putting together an infrastructure that most of the Premier League clubs have.”
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