Stoke City are still in the hunt to sign former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, reports in Turkey have claimed.
Potters boss Mark Hughes is keen to land the Dutchman, who currently plays his football with Turkish side Fenerbahce, but a deal is complicated to say the least.
Van Persie still has a year to run on his current deal meaning Fenerbahce are looking for a transfer fee, and have also ruled out the possibility of a season-long loan.
When Van Persie’s huge wages and age are also taken into consideration, it is thought the total financial package involved is just too much for Stoke, who are not willing to go that high.
However the press in Turkey claim that Stoke have not given up hope and are holding out for the possibility of Fenerbahce ripping up his contract, just to get him off the wage bill.
Hughes is keen to pair Van Persie with Saido Berahino, but it looks as though a lot will need to happen for that dream to come true before the transfer deadline passes.