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ESPN FC - Stoke City News 26 Aug 23:43

Christian Pulisic subject of 11 million offer from Liverpool - reports

The ESPN FC panel address the rumours that Liverpool, among others, could be bidding for Christian Pulisic's services. Liverpool have offered Borussia Dortmund £11 million for United States international Christian Pulisic, according to multiple reports. Pulisic, 17, became the youngest player to score twice in the Bundesliga last season, but Dortmund have made a number of new signings this summer that could limit the American's playing time this season. Earlier this week, German newspaper Bild reported that Stoke City had bid €20m (£17.1m) for Pulisic, with German clubs Leipzig and...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Stoke City | BBC 26 Aug 15:29

Everton v Stoke City

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Everton and Stoke City.

Stoke City – 26 Aug 15:14

PL team news: Liverpool sweat on star, Ozil boost for Arsenal

Liverpool have an injury concern over one of their key players, while Arsenal and Tottenham are both boosted the return of attacking stars.

Tottenham v Liverpool

Saturday, 12:30pm, White Hart Lane

Dele Alli could return to the Tottenham side having overcome an illness.

The England international was deemed only fit enough for the bench in last weekend’s win over Crystal Palace but has now recovered and could be recalled for the lunchtime kick-off.

Captain Hugo Lloris (hamstring) is still out so Michel Vorm will again deputise in goal while Mousa Dembele is suspended.

Philippe Coutinho: Wants to add to LFC tally

Liverpool‘s Philippe Coutinho is a doubt for the trip with a minor hamstring issue.

Fellow midfielder Emre Can sustained an ankle injury in the EFL Cup win at Burton and may not be risked.

Striker Divock Origi suffered cramp in midweek and will be assessed while defender Joel Matip is pushing for his first league start.


Chelsea v Burnley

Saturday, 3pm, Stamford Bridge

Chelsea midfielder Willian is back in training after a calf injury and will be handed a fitness check.

Defender Kurt Zouma remains sidelined with a knee problem while boss Antonio Conte also has another injury worry, but he would not name the player concerned.

Thibaut Courtois, John Terry, Oscar, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa should return to the starting line-up after dropping out for the midweek EFL Cup win over Bristol Rovers.

Willian Chelsea

Burnley look set to revert back to the line-up Sean Dyche selected against Liverpool.

A Clarets side featuring 10 changes lost to Accrington in the EFL Cup in midweek and captain Tom Heaton, record signing Steven Defour and striker Andre Gray will be among those coming back in.

Forward Ashley Barnes (hamstring) will return after the international break while Liverpool loanee Jon Flanagan is not ready to play a full game so soon after completing 120 minutes on Wednesday night.


Crystal Palace v Bournemouth

Saturday, 3pm, Selhurst Park

Wayne Hennessey and Joe Ledley are doubts for Crystal Palace.

Goalkeeper Hennessey and midfielder Ledley have been struggling with injury this week so Steve Mandanda, who joined from Marseille over the summer, could make his Premier League debut between the posts after making his first appearance for Palace against Blackpool in the EFL Cup in midweek.

Christian Benteke remains short of match fitness and the £27million striker will probably start on the bench.

Christian Benteke: Signs four-year deal with Eagles

Bournemouth have no fresh injury concerns.

Boss Eddie Howe is expected to restore his full-strength line-up for the return to league action after the midweek EFL Cup victory over Morecambe.

Harry Arter is back in the squad after serving a one-match suspension.


Everton v Stoke

Saturday, 3pm, Goodison Park

Everton will once again be without full-back Seamus Coleman.

The Republic of Ireland international has been recovering from an ankle injury and will not be seen until after the international break.

Ashley Williams and Yannick Bolasie should get first league starts, while James McCarthy, Tom Cleverley and Darron Gibson all have minor knocks.

Xherdan Shaqiri

Stoke winger Xherdan Shaqiri could return to action after missing the last two games with a calf injury.

But the fixture at Goodison Park will come too soon for goalkeeper Jack Butland (ankle) and defender Glen Johnson (thigh) to make their first appearances of the season.

Peter Crouch made the most of his on Tuesday as he grabbed a hat-trick in the 4-0 EFL Cup win at Stevenage, and Potters boss Mark Hughes has indicated the striker could keep his place in the team.


Leicester v Swansea

Saturday, 3pm, The King Power Stadium

Nampalys Mendy is out for Leicester after suffering an ankle injury against Arsenal last week.

The midfielder limped off in the second half of the 0-0 draw, his league debut, and replacement Andy King is set to start in his place at the King Power Stadium.

Jeff Schlupp is a doubt after a muscle injury also kept him out of the draw with the Gunners but the left-sided player looks set to stay at the champions after bids from West Brom were rejected.

Nampalys Mendy Leicester

Swansea defender Neil Taylor will miss out as he continues to build up fitness following his extended post-Euro 2016 break.

Taylor featured for the first time this season in Swansea’s EFL Cup win at Peterborough in midweek, but he has opted to play in an Under-23 fixture on Friday night rather than sit on the bench at Leicester.

Record signing Borja Baston remains out with a thigh injury, while Scotland Under-21 striker Oliver McBurnie has been added to the squad after his two-goal show at Peterborough.


Southampton v Sunderland

Saturday, 3pm, St Mary’s Stadium

Ryan Bertrand is poised for his first competitive Southampton appearance under new boss Claude Puel after recovering from knee trouble.

The England full-back will undergo a late fitness check.

Oriol Romeu has shaken off the knock he suffered in the 2-0 defeat at Manchester United, but Jeremy Pied is missing with a knee injury.

<> at Cashpoint Arena on August 5, 2016 in Altach, Austria.

Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford is in line for a Premier League start after Vito Mannone was ruled out for a minimum of three months by injury.

Italian Mannone could yet face surgery to repair damaged elbow ligaments, handing the England Under-21 international his chance.

Defenders John O’Shea (hip) and Lamine Kone (back) and midfielders Fabio Borini (toe) and Jeremain Lens (foot) are being assessed and new signing Javier Manquillo could feature for the first time, while Jan Kirchhoff (hamstring) is expected to return to full training next week, but Billy Jones (hip), Lee Cattermole (hernia surgery) and Sebastian Larsson (knee) remain on the sidelines


Watford v Arsenal

Saturday, 3pm, Vicarage Road

Watford‘s new signings Daryl Janmaat, Younes Kaboul and Roberto Pereyra are unlikely to start.

Along with the fit-again Isaac Success they are in contention, but manager Walter Mazzarri is not expected to make many changes to the team that last week lost 2-1 to Chelsea.

He rotated his squad for Tuesday’s 2-1 EFL Cup defeat by Gillingham, but the Italian spoke of those selected against Chelsea deserving another chance.

Mesut Ozil: Set to sign a new deal

Mesut Ozil could be set for his first start of the season as Arsenal make the short trip to Vicarage Road.

The Germany international came off the bench in last weekend’s draw at Leicester, but Arsene Wenger, who has eased his players back following their Euro 2016 exertions, has said he could play from the start at Vicarage Road, although Olivier Giroud is unlikely to be recalled.

Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), Alex Iwobi (thigh), Per Mertesacker, Danny Welbeck and Carl Jenkinson (all knee) are still missing.


Hull v Manchester United

Saturday, 5:30pm, KC Stadium

Hull defender Harry Maguire is in contention for his first Premier League appearance of the season against caretaker boss Mike Phelan’s former club.

Maguire came through 90 minutes in Tuesday night’s EFL Cup win at Exeter after an ankle injury, but Phelan may decide to start with midfielder Jake Livermore in central defence alongside Curtis Davies.

Phelan made seven changes in midweek and the likes of Abel Hernandez, Adama Diomande, Robert Snodgrass, Tom Huddlesstone and Andy Robertson will all return, but Greg Luer will be sidelined for several weeks after sustaining a knee injury.

Manchester United team news to follow…


West Brom v Middlesbrough

Sunday 1:30pm, The Hawthorns

West Brom‘s Kane Wilson could become the first player born in the 21st century to feature in the Premier League.

The 16-year-old defender, born in March 2000, will be in the squad to face Middlesbrough on Sunday after making his debut in Tuesday’s EFL penalty shoot-out defeat to Northampton after replacing Brendan Galloway.

Everton loanee Galloway suffered a hamstring injury and will be assessed by the club while Chris Brunt, who can also play left-back, is not expected to return from a knee injury until next month at the earliest.

Kane Wilson West Brom

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka will be without a specialist left-back, with injuries taking their toll on his squad.

George Friend (calf), Fabio da Silva (knee) and James Husband (dislocated shoulder) will all be missing at the Hawthorns and Karanka admits someone will have to play out of position to plug the gap.

Goalkeeper Victor Valdes and midfielder Marten de Roon (both hamstring) will also sit out, as will long-term absentee Grant Leadbitter (hernia surgery), although defender Bernardo Espinosa could make the squad after shaking off a knee problem.


Manchester City v West Ham

Sunday, 4pm, The Etihad Stadium

New Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo will not go straight into the team.

Willy Caballero, who has played the first two league matches, is therefore expected to feature again, even though Joe Hart kept a clean sheet in the midweek Champions League play-off win over Steaua Bucharest.

Striker Kelechi Iheanacho has been cleared of serious injury after being carried off against Steaua, but captain Vincent Kompany, right-back Bacary Sagna and midfielders Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan are not yet fit.

West Ham to follow…

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ESPN FC - Stoke City News 26 Aug 10:13

Klopp's Tottenham test, Tigers for Mourinho as Wenger battles Hornets

ESPN FC's Ale Moreno and Mark Donaldson predict week 3's Premier League fixtures. Liverpool's trip to Tottenham is the headline match from the final round of Premier League fixtures before the international break. Jurgen Klopp's men will be looking to bounce back following their shock 2-0 defeat at Burnley last time out. Elsewhere, Manchester United travel to Hull City, who are surprisingly defending a 100 percent record in the Premier League so far. That's not the case for Leicester, though, with the defending champions hosting Swansea still searching for their first win of...

Stoke City – 26 Aug 08:31

All the transfer ins and outs in the Premier League this summer


INS: Granit Xhaka (£33.8m, Borussia Monchengladbach), Takuma Asano (undisclosed, Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Rob Holding (£2m, Bolton)

OUTS: Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky (all released), Isaac Hayden (£2.5m, Newcastle), Wojciech Szczesny (Roma, loan), Joel Campbell (Sporting Lisbon, loan)



INS: Lys Mousset (£5.4m, Le Havre), Emerson Hyndman (free, Fulham), Nathan Ake (loan, Chelsea), Lewis Cook (£7m, Leeds), Jordon Ibe (£15m, Liverpool), Brad Smith ( £3m, Liverpool), Marc Wilson (£2m, Stoke)

OUTS: Lee Tomlin (undisc, Bristol City), Glenn Murray (loan, Brighton) Tommy Elphick (£3.6m, Aston Villa), Jayden Stockley (free, Aberdeen), Shaun MacDonald (Wigan, undisclosed), Sylvain Distin, Stephane Zubar, Josh Carmichael, Josh Wakefield, Mason Walsh and Jon Muleba (all released).



INS: Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£2m, Charlton), Nick Pope (£1m, Charlton), Jon Flanagan (loan, Liverpool), Steven Defour (£7.5m, Anderlecht), Patrick Bamford (loan, Burnley)

OUTS: Joey Barton (free, Rangers), Matt Gilks (free, Rangers), Luke Conlan (free, Morecambe), David Jones (undisclosed, Sheffield Wednesday), Rouwen Hennings (loan, Fortuna Dusseldorf).



INS: Michy Batshuayi (£33m, Marseille), N’Golo Kante (£32m, Leicester), Eduardo (undisc, Dinamo Zagreb)

OUTS: Papy Djilobodji (£8m, Sunderland) Stipe Perica (£3m, Udinese), Mohamed Salah, (undisclosed, Roma), Bertrand Traore (loan, Ajax) Nathan Ake (loan, Bournemouth), Nathan (loan, Vitesse), Lewis Baker (loan, Vitesse), Joao Rodriguez (loan, Santa Fe), Charly Musonda (loan, Real Betis), Mitchell Beeney (loan, Crawley), Baba Rahman (loan, Schalke), Tammy Abraham (Bristol City, loan), Reece Mitchell (free, Chesterfield), Marco Amelia, Tika Musonda and Kevin Wright (all released), Izzy Brown (Rotherham, loan), Marko Marin, (undisc, Olympiakos)

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INS: Andros Townsend (£13m, Newcastle), Steve Mandanda (£3m Marseille), James Tomkins (£10m, West Ham), Christian Benteke (£27m, rising to £32m, Liverpool)

OUTS: Dwight Gayle (£10m, Newcastle), David Gregory (free, Cambridge), Alex McCarthy (undisclosed, Southampton), Mile Jedinak (£4m, Aston Villa), Emmanuel Adebayor, Reise Allassani, Andreas Breimyr, Marouane Chamakh, Connor Dymond, Spencer Forte, Matthew George, David Gregory, Brede Hangeland, William Hoare, Christopher Kettings, Adrian Mariappa, Patrick McCarthy, Oliver Pain and Christian Scales (all released), Yannick Bolasie (Everton £25m).



INS:Maarten Stekelenburg (undisclosed, Fulham), Idrissa Gueye (£7.1m, Aston Villa), Ashley Williams (£12m, Swansea), Yannick Bolasie (£25m, Crystal Palace)

OUTS: John Stones (£47.5million, Everton), Tim Howard (free, Colorado Rapids), Luke Garbutt (loan, Wigan), Steven Pienaar (free, Sunderland), Aidan Graham, Tony Hibbert, Leon Osman, Felipe Rohde, Jindrich Stanek and  Jordan Thorniley (all released), Brendan Galloway (loan, West Brom), Ryan Ledson (undisc, Oxford)



INS: Jonathan Edwards (free, Peterborough),

OUTS: Max Clark (loan, Cambridge), Ben Clappison (free, York), Mohamed Diame (£4.5m, Newcastle)



INS: Ron-Robert Zieler (£3m, Hannover), Luis Hernandez (free, Sporting Gijon), Nampalys Mendy (£13m, OGC Nice), Ahmed Musa (£16.6m, CSKA Moscow), Bartosz Kapustka (£7.5m, Cracovia)

OUTS: N’Golo Kante (£32m, Chelsea), Ritchie De Laet (£2.5m, Aston Villa), Joe Dodoo (undisc, Rangers), Andrej Kramaric (undisclosed, Hoffenheim), Jacob Blyth (free, Motherwell),  Paul Konchesky (free, Gillingham), Liam Moore (undisclosed, Reading), Kyle Bailey, Jack Barmby, Dean Hammond, Aaron Hassall, Michael Kelly, Keenan King, Jonathan Maddison, Harrison Panayiotou, Mark Schwarzer, Max Smith-Varnam and Ryan Watson (all released).



INS: Sadio Mane (£34m, Southampton), Georginio Wijnaldum (£25m, Newcastle) Loris Karius (£4.7m, Mainz), Joel Matip (free, Schalke), Ragnar Klavan (£4.2m, Augsburg), Alex Manninger (free, Augsburg).

OUTS: Jordon Ibe (£15m, Bournemouth), Joe Allen (£13m, Stoke), Martin Skrtel (£5m, Fenerbahce), Jerome Sinclair (£4m, Watford), Jordan Rossiter (£250,000, Rangers), Joao Carlos Teixeira (£250,000, Porto), Kolo Toure (free, Celtic), Christian Benteke (£27m, rising to £32m, Liverpool), Allan (loan, Hertha Berlin), Jon Flanagan (loan, Burnley), Tom Brewitt, Daniel Cleary, William Marsh, Ryan McLaughlin, Alex O’Hanlon, Kristof Polgar, Jose Enrique, Samed Yesil (all released)



INS: Ilkay Gundogan (£20.3m, Borussia Dortmund), Nolito (£13.8m, Celta Vigo), Aaron Mooy (free, Melbourne City), Oleksandr Zinchenko (undisclosed, FC Ufa), Leroy Sane (£37m, Schalke), Gabriel Jesus (£27m, Palmeiras), Marlos Moreno (£4.75m, Atletico Nacional), John Stones (£47.5million, Everton), Pablo Mari (undisclosed, Gimnastic Tarragona), Claudio Bravo (£17m, Barcelona)

OUTS:  Marlos Moreno, (loan, Deportivo La Coruna), Seko Fofane (£3.8m, Udinese), Jack Byrne (loan, Blackburn), Manu Garcia (loan, Alaves), Charlie Albinson, Martin Demichelis, Nathaniel Oseni, Sam Tattum, Richard Wright (all released).



INS: Eric Bailly (£30m, Villarreal), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (free, PSG), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£26m, Borussia Dortmund), Paul Pogba (£89million, Juventus)

OUTS: Tyler Blackett, (£1m, Reading) Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (loan, Wolves), James Wilson (loan, Derby) Adnan Januzah (loan, Sunderland), Paddy McNair, (undisc, Sunderland), Donald Love (undisc, Sunderland) Ashley Fletcher (free, West Ham), Oliver Rathbone (free, Rochdale), George Dorrington, Nick Powell and Victor Valdes (all released).



INS: Viktor Fischer (£3.8m, Ajax), Bernardo Espinosa (free, Sporting Gijon), Marten de Roon, (£12m, Atalanta), Jordan McGhee (loan, Hearts), Victor Valdes (free, Manchester United), Antonio Barragan (undisc, Valencia), Alvaro Negredo (loan, Valencia), Brad Guzan (free, Aston Villa), Fabio da Silva (£2m, Cardiff)

OUTS: Jonathan Burn (loan, Kilmarnock), Rhys Williams (free, Perth Glory), Luke Coddington (free, Huddersfield), Jordan Jones (free, Kilmarnock), Jonathan Woodgate, Damia Abella and Andre Bennett (all released).



INS: Nathan Redmond (£11m, Norwich), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£13m, Bayern Munich), Alex McCarthy (undisclosed, Crystal Palace), Jeremy Pied (free, Nice)

OUTS: Sadio Mane (£34m, Liverpool), Victor Wanyama (£11m, Tottenham), Graziano Pelle (£13m, Shandong Luneng), Juanmi (£2m, Real Sociedad), Jason McCarthy (loan, Walsall), William Britt, Kelvin Davis, Gaston Ramirez (all released), Sam Gallagher (loan, Blackburn).



INS:  Ramadan Sobhi (£5m, Al-Ahly), Joe Allen (£13m, Liverpool)

OUTS: Steven Sidwell (free, Brighton), Marc Wilson (£2m, Bournemouth), Yusuf Coban (free, Hoffenheim), Mark Waddington (loan, Kilmarnock), Benjamin Barber, Edward Dryden, Bobby Moseley, Ryan O’Reilly, Peter Odemwingie, Petros Skapetis and Mason Watkins-Clark (all released).



INS:  Papy Djilobodji (£8m, Chelsea), Paddy McNair (undisc, Manchester United), Donald Love (undisc, Manchester United), Adnan Januzaj (loan, Manchester United), Steven Pienaar (free, Everton), Javier Manquillo (loan, Atletico Madrid)

OUTS: Emanuele Giaccherini (£2m, Napoli), Liam Bridcutt (£1m, Leeds Utd), Danny Graham (free, Blackburn), Will Buckley (loan, Sheffield Wednesday), Martin Smith (free, Kilmarnock), Wes Brown, Steven Fletcher, Mikael Mandron, Liam Agnew and Steve Harper (all released), Jordi Gomez (undisclosed, Wigan), Younes Kaboul (undisclosed, Watford).



INS:  Borja Baston (£15.5m, Atletico Madrid), Leroy Fer (£4.75m, QPR), Mike van der Hoorn (undisclosed, Ajax), Mark Birighitti (free, Newcastle Jets), Fernando Llorente (undisc, Sevilla)

OUTS:  Ashley Williams (£12m, Everton), Alberto Paloschi (£5m, Atalanta), Eder (£4m, Lille), Raheem Hanley (free, Northampton), Kyle Bartley (loan, Leeds), Oliver Davies (loan, Kilmarnock), Matt Grimes (loan, Leeds), Andre Ayew (£20.5million, West Ham), Daniel Alfei, Kyle Copp, James Demetriou, Stephen Fallon, Alexander Gogic, Henry Jones, Lee Lucas and Gareth Owen (all released), Bafetimbi Gomis (loan, Marseille)



INS: Victor Wanyama (£11m, Southampton), Vincent Janssen (£18.6m, AZ Alkmaar)

OUTS: Federico Fazio (loan, Roma), Christopher Paul (free, QPR), Emmanuel Sonupe (released), Grant Ward (undisclosed, Ipswich), Alex Pritchard (£8m, Norwich), (DeAndre Yedlin undisc, Newcastle), Nabil Bentaleb (loan, Schalke).



INS: Jerome Sinclair (£4m, Liverpool), Christian Kabasele (£5.8m, Genk), Isaac Success (undisclosed, Granada), Juan Camilo Zuniga (loan, Napoli), Brice Dja Djedje (undisc, Marseille), Younes Kaboul (undisclosed, Sunderland), Roberto Pereyra (£10.4m, Juventus), Daryl Janmaat (£7.5m, Newcastle)

OUTS: Miguel Layun (£4m, Porto), William Byers, Josh Doherty, Joel Ekstrand, Uche Ikpeazu, James Johnson, Javion Martin, Ayitey Mensah Jnr, Thomas Simpson and Mac Young (all released), Almen Abdi (undisc, Sheff Weds), Daniel Pudil (undisc, Sheff Weds)



INS: Matt Phillips (undisclosed, QPR), Brendan Galloway (loan, Everton)

OUTS: James Chester (undisc, Aston Villa), Callam Jones (loan, Accrington), Victor Anichebe, Samir Nabi and Stephane Sessegnon (all released).



INS: Manuel Lanzini (£9.4m, Al Jazira Club), Toni Martinez (£2.5m, Valencia), Havard Nordtveit (free, Borussia Monchengladbach), Domingos Quina (free, Benfica), Sofiane Feghouli (free, Valencia), Gokhan Tore (loan, Besiktas), Ashley Fletcher (free, Manchester United), Andre Ayew (£20.5million, Swansea), Jonathan Calleri (loan, Deportivo Maldonado), Edimilison Fernandes (£5.5m, FC Sion)

OUTS: Stephen Hendrie (loan, Blackburn), Elliot Lee (free, Barnsley), Antonio Brown, Alexander Chambers, Nathan Mavila, Lawrence Nasha and Martin O’Brien (all released), Martin Samuelson (loan, Blackkburn)

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ESPN FC - Stoke City News 26 Aug 01:25

Mark Hughes: Stoke may soon have to give up on Saido Berahino

Mark Hughes is coy as to whether Stoke City will continue their hunt for Saido Berahino or search elsewhere. Stoke manager Mark Hughes admits he may have to soon accept defeat in their pursuit of West Brom's Saido Berahino. The Potters have been chasing the 23-year-old for much of the transfer window and had hoped that they could persuade the Baggies to part with a striker who has long tried to engineer a move away from The Hawthorns. Berahino's deal expires in the summer yet Stoke have been unable to tempt West Brom's new owners to cash in so far and, with less than a week until the window closes, Hughes...

ESPN FC - Stoke City News 25 Aug 23:41

Will Pulisic leave Dortmund?

FC's Raphael Honigstein gives his take on whether or not Dortmund and U.S. international Christian Pulisic will stay or go.

Stoke City – 25 Aug 16:47

Stoke boss may walk away from protracted Berahino negotiations

Stoke manager Mark Hughes admits he may have to soon accept defeat in their pursuit of West Brom’s Saido Berahino.

The Potters have been chasing the 23-year-old for much of the transfer window and had hoped that they could persuade the Baggies to part with a striker who has long tried to engineer a move away from The Hawthorns.

Berahino’s deal expires in the summer yet Stoke have been unable to tempt West Brom’s new owners to cash in so far and, with less than a week until the window closes, Hughes knows he may now have to move on to other targets.

“We’re quite a way down the line with that one, in terms of going back and to,” he said at his press conference on Thursday.

“I’m not really up to date in terms of where we are at this moment in time.

“You have to let these things run their course and give them the time that they deserve. There may well become a point, not necessarily with these negotiations, but certainly some deals just go on and on and you get to a point where you have to make a decision to move on.

“There have been deals this window where we’ve made the decision to do that but aren’t in the public domain like this one.

“We’re still there, we’re still of the view that something may happen but we’re close to a point where maybe we have to look at alternatives.”

Another player heavily linked with a move to Staffordshire has been Manchester United defender Phil Jones, who came through the academy at Hughes’ old club Blackburn when the Welshman was at Ewood Park.

Jones left Rovers to make a move to Old Trafford, with Sir Alex Ferguson predicting he could become the best player in United’s history, but a raft of injuries have stunted his progress.

Hughes, whose side have not kept a clean sheet in the league since March, stated his admiration for Jones on Thursday, but hinted that an initial enquiry into the 24-year-old defender may have been rebuffed.

“We’ve made enquiries, we’ve talked about a lot of players, too many to list,” he added.

“Clearly he’s a player that has got good pedigree, is at a good club and sometimes you just enquire just to see what the current thinking is on current players.”

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ESPN FC - Stoke City News 25 Aug 15:11

Hughes: We may find transfer alternatives

Mark Hughes is coy as to whether Stoke City will continue their hunt for Saido Berahino or search elsewhere.

Stoke City – 25 Aug 14:31

Hughes: Stoke?s pursuit of want-away striker ?not over yet?

Stoke boss Mark Hughes has given an update on the battle to sign West Brom’s Saido Berahino and was eager to dispel a transfer myth.

The Potters have made just two new signings this summer, but Hughes has argued that the lack of incoming players is not through a lack of trying.

“People may think that we aren’t too active because of what we have done but let me assure them we are,” said a defiant Hughes.

Hughes was then asked about long-term target Berahino and stated that the club have tried hard to prise him away from the Baggies and may continue to do so.

He added: “There has been a lot of work done on this trying to sign this player [Saido Berahino] and at some point you have to make a decision on what you really want, I’m not sure if this is over yet though.”

Stoke have also been linked with a trio of new players, with Mamadou Sakho reportedly available on loan from Liverpool.

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Stoke City – 25 Aug 08:44

Cobblers earn Man United clash; Leicester face Chelsea

Giant-killers Northampton will bid to knock a second Premier League side out of the EFL Cup after they drew Manchester United in the third round.

The Cobblers came from behind to beat West Brom 4-3 on penalties to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 26 games.

Their last defeat was against MK Dons in the FA Cup fourth round in January and they will now look to continue their form when they play host to Jose Mourinho’s side at Sixfields.

League Two’s Accrington booked their place in the third round for the first time in their history after defeating local rivals and Premier League opponents Burnley 1-0 in the dying seconds of extra-time.

They were rewarded with an away fixture against West Ham after Matty Pearson scored with 14 seconds left on the clock on a historic night for the Lancashire club.

Premier League champions Leicester will face Chelsea at the King Power Stadium in one of four all top-flight clashes.

Southampton will face Crystal Palace while Swansea will play holders Manchester City and unbeaten Hull will take the trip to Stoke.

Gillingham, who came from behind to shock Watford in extra-time to reach the third round, have earned themselves a meeting with yet another Premier League club as they will take on Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Championship side Nottingham Forest will host top-flight opposition after being drawn at home against Arsenal while Leeds were handed a home fixture and will face fellow Championship side Blackburn.

QPR were drawn against Premier League opponents Sunderland while Everton will face Norwich and Derby have been drawn at home to Liverpool.

Newcastle and Wolves will meet in an all-Championship clash while Premier League side Bournemouth host Preston, Brighton take on Reading and Fulham have secured a home draw against Bristol City.

The third round ties will be played on the week commencing September 19.

Draw in full:

Nottingham Forest v Arsenal

Leeds United v Blackburn Rovers

QPR v Sunderland

West Ham v Accrington Stanley

Southampton v Crystal Palace

Swansea City v Manchester City

Fulham v Bristol City

Bournemouth v Preston North End

Tottenham v Gillingham

Everton v Norwich City

Derby County v Liverpool

Northampton v Manchester United

Brighton v Reading

Newcastle United v Wolves

Stoke City v Hull City

Leicester City v Chelsea

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Stoke City | BBC 23 Aug 22:43

Stevenage 0-4 Stoke City

Peter Crouch scores a hat-trick as Stoke City ease into the third round of the EFL Cup with a routine win at Stevenage.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Stoke City | BBC 22 Aug 18:09

Shawcross to adapt game after penalties

A new referees' directive regarding shirt-pulling will force Ryan Shawcross to change his game, the Stoke defender says.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Stoke City | BBC 20 Aug 16:10

Stoke City 1-4 Manchester City

Sergio Aguero scores twice as Manchester City resist Stoke's second-half comeback to continue their winning start under new boss Pep Guardiola.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Stoke City | BBC 16 Aug 19:20

Butland could return to face Man City

Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland could return from a injury to play against Manchester City, according to assistant Mark Bowen.

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