English Premier League side Stoke City have been speaking to London club Chelsea over a move for Nigerian winger Victor Moses, who is currently on loan at the Potters.
The Super Eagles talent is currently injured, after he was forced to leave the field during Stoke’s encounter with West Ham United last weekend with a hamstring problem.
Moses is on loan at the Britannia Stadium from the Blues of Chelsea, following another loan last season which saw him representing Liverpool, but the Anfield side decided not to extend his loan or try to capture him on a permanent deal.
Stoke are not willing to lose out on a player that has fit in well at the club. This season the 24-year-old has regained some of the confidence that he lost at Stamford Bridge and Anfield, and he has thus far contributed three goals and three assists, along with a great deal of hard work in midfield.
These efforts have not been ignored by Stoke coach Mark Hughes, and the former Manchester United player revealed to the Stoke Sentinel that his club have began the process of contacting Chelsea regarding the possibility of holding on to Moses in a permanent deal.
“We’ve had tentative inquiries (with Chelsea) just to get an indication, but we have not been given a definitive one,” Hughes said.
Questioned on the injury that will see Moses out for a few weeks and how it may affect the player’s future, the coach explained: “The injury, I don’t know if it helps or hinders our talks with Chelsea. It is something I would like to do, but it has to be right for us and, more importantly, for Chelsea and for Victor.”
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He added, “It’s difficult for him to come out and say he wants to leave Chelsea because he’s a contracted player with them, but I know he’s enjoyed it here.”
In the event that a permanent move may not be an option, Hughes was keen on the possibility of extending his loan deal.
“If Chelsea felt he needed to go out on loan again, he could come back here. So even if we weren’t able to sign him as our own player, we can do that. That’s up to Chelsea, but we would like to bring Victor if we can,” he concluded.
Stoke City beat Southampton 2-1 at the weekend, and they are currently placed 9th in the EPL table.