Stoke reportedly planning loan move for Barca youngster in January

Stoke City are reportedly eyeing a loan move for Barcelona youngster Adama Traore in January.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes could be lining up a tremendous swoop for Barcelona youngster Adama Traore, if recent reports are to be believed. 

After using his links at the Nou Camp to sign Marc Muniesa and Bojan Krkic, he now allegedly wishes to add the 18-year-old winger to his side. 

Having been on the Potters' radar throughout the summer, while also reportedly attracting interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, Barca opted against loaning him out. Instead they favoured continuing his education at the Nou Camp. However the Catalan hierarchy could be open to allowing him to leave temporarily in January.

Traore joined Barca's youth set-up at the age of eight and made his La Liga debut at the age of 17 in November. Former Barca coach Gerardo Martino picked out Adama as ‘one of the most important prospects we have in our academy’, as he became the first player to break into the senior side during the Argentine's spell in charge.

He made one first team appearance for the Catalan outfit last season, but he is yet to feature in the club's 2014/15 La Liga campaign. He has agreed to continue his development in the Barcelona B team for another season, following talks with coach Luis Enrique and sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta.

Nonetheless, Stoke are reportedly confident of securing a temporary switch for the player when the transfer window re-opens.

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