Report: Stoke City board will back moves for Edin Dzeko and Aaron Lennon

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is said to be weighing up moves for Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko and Tottenham Hotspur’s Aaron Lennon.

A report in the Stoke Sentinel has indicated that the Potters could look to take either of the pair on loan, having freed up a space in the squad by sending Oussama Assaidi back to Liverpool.

Although securing a player of the calibre of Bosnian international forward Dzeko could prove to be tricky - with the player himself unlikely to be willing to leave Manchester City for Stoke - Spurs star Lennon is up for sale, according to London 24, and Mark Hughes may face competition from QPR and Crystal Palace for the 27-year-old’s signature.

Stoke’s targeting of both players represents a continuation of their strong transfer business that has been going on since the summer, with the likes of Bojan and Philipp Wollscheid arriving at the club, and Sergi Roberto and Zakaria Bakkali being linked with switches to the Britannia Stadium.

Hughes has been completing some adroit work in the transfer market, and it has since come to light that he will be backed by the Potters’ board should he make concrete offers for Dzeko or Lennon, as per the report in the Sentinel.

Quoted in the report, club chairman Peter Coates outlined how the January transfer window was progressing, and the type of player that the Potters would be targeting to strengthen the playing squad.

“Names have been discussed and we will see where that gets us,” he was quoted as saying.

“I cannot say we are close to anything at the moment, but we are all eyes and ears, and the end of January is a long way off.

“We are not just looking at players to do us a job between now and the end of the season. If the right player becomes available for longer term then we will obviously look at that too.”

Along with all the incoming business that Hughes is looking to complete this month, it has also been reported by the Sentinel that the club have opened talks with striker Peter Crouch to extend his contract past the end of the current season.

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