Report: Stoke City set to land Moha, a third Barcelona youth star

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The Premier League side have made good use of their Barcelona connections in recent seasons.

Stoke City may be about to sign a third Spanish starlet from Barcelona in the summer, with the Sentinel reporting that Mohamed el Ouriachi is on the verge of a switch to the Premier League.

Moha, as he is known, is a Moroccan-born winger who has played for the Under-19s side this season. Rather than continue his progression in Barcelona's B team next year, the 19-year-old is instead said to be open to joining Mark Hughes' Stoke revolution, where he will have a role in the first-team squad. 

In quotes given to Spanish publication Sport, Moha's agent Raul Verdu seemed to suggest that a move to the Potters was as good as done: "We thank Barca for the deal they offered the player and the efforts they have gone to try to renew his contract.

"But another proposal was really interesting on both a professional and economic level. Moha has the option of joining the first team squad at Stoke and that was irresistible."

Stoke have benefitted from Mark Hughes' connections to the famous La Liga club, with the Welsh legend having spent a season at the Nou Camp in the 1980s.

Since taking over at the Britannia the former Manchester United star has signed both Marc Muniesa and Bojan Krcic from Barca, with the attacker proving himself a particularly decent purchase with a string of strong performances earlier in the season before suffering an injury.

And Hughes and the Stoke fans will be hoping that Moha will be a similar positive influence if he is to join in the summer

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