Report: Stoke closing in on deal for Udinese midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu

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Stoke manager Mark Hughes is looking at alternatives to Steven N'Zonzi as the Frenchman continues to be linked with a move away from the club.

According to the Daily MailStoke City are closing in on a deal for Udinese midfielder and Ghanain international Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu. 

This news follows suggestions that Stoke have reached an impasse with midfielder Steven N'Zonzi, who does not wish to extend his contract at the Britannia Stadium.

The highly-rated midfielder, who scored three goals while fashioning 34 chances as he claimed the Potters’ Player of the Year last season, has been flirting with a move away from the club.

As such, manager Mark Hughes is believed to already be preparing for life without the him by landing Badu in his place. Reports from the Mail suggest the Premier League outfit have held talks regarding the 24-year-old, with his representative Papa Agyemang visiting the club's training ground on Monday ahead of a proposed £4 million deal.

With over 60 caps for his country, there is no doubt the Udinese midfielder possesses an abundance of experience. However, question marks remain over his ability. Considering he managed just a single goal and assist in 27 Serie A appearances last term, is he really a player capable of replacing Steven N'Zonzi? 

The Ghana international has one year left on contract, and alongside Stoke's long-term interest, he has been attracting fellow top flight outfits Watford - Udinese's sister club - and Hull, as well as various clubs in Qatar.

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