Tug of war for Fabian Delph

Fabian Delph is currently attracting the interest of Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion as both clubs seem to be vying for the England International’s signature.

Recently Stoke City manager Mark Hughes publicly declared his interest in the Manchester City player, this comes after West Brom have reportedly had initial talks over a transfer.

Speaking with reporters from the Stoke Sentinel, Hughes said:

“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.”

Stoke have set out to bolster their ranks in the midfield department already this summer with the acquisition of Darren Fletcher from West Brom and Mark Hughes is now looking to add Delph to the squad.

Reports are coming through that Stoke City have the advantage when it comes to any sort of deal, considering to meet City’s asking price of £12m with Manchester City looking for a permanent move for Delph, rather than a proposed loan deal.

Delph will more than likely struggle to get minutes at Manchester City next season with the likes of Ilkay Gundogan, Yaya Toure and Fernandinho ahead of Delph in the pecking order.

Delph signed for Manchester City in 2015 from Aston Villa

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