Stoke have enquired over the availability of Manchester United defender Phil Jones, but boss Mark Hughes has hinted it was rebuffed.
Sir Alex Ferguson once predicted Jones could become the best player in United’s history, but a raft of injuries have stunted his progress, and reports have recently linked him with a move away.
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 for 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 said. “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.”
It looks as though Jones remains in the plans of Jose Mourinho for now and Hughes will have to look elsewhere as he tries to bolster his defence before the transfer deadline.