The Welshman has confirmed he has spoken to his old club regarding the possibility of acquiring Delph as he tries to reshape his midfield following Darren Fletcher’s arrival.
Delph, 27, moved to City from Aston Villa on a five-year contract two summers ago, but has struggled for regular playing time and he started just five games last season in Pep Guardiola’s maiden campaign.
City would probably be open to a permanent deal, but it looks as though the Potters are just looking to take him on loan for now.
Asked about Stoke’s interest in Delph, Hughes told the Sentinel: “We’ve asked for an idea in terms of the possibility of doing something. That’s been ongoing for a couple of weeks now and we just have to be patient. With loan deals it’s always the parent club that dictates who and when players go out.
“He’s one of a number of players we’re looking at. We speak to a lot of clubs and ask them about players’ situations and their feelings and plans for them moving forward into the new season. He is one of those players we’ve asked about.”