Report explains why Stoke are confident Hughes would reject Everton switch

Mark Hughes has been linked with the Everton job.

According to the Mirror, Stoke City are confident of retaining the services of Mark Hughes amid speculation linking him with Everton by topping anything the Merseyside club can offer.

The report explains how the Toffees see Hughes a potential replacement for under-fire boss Roberto Martinez, yet Stoke have their own plans of moving the club forward.

Since their arrival in the Premier League, the Potters have been a work in progress and the appointment of Hughes to replace former boss Tony Pulis was another step up the ladder.

Now, amid new TV deals and deeper pockets financially, Stoke have smashed their club transfer record with a £18.2 million deal for Giannelli Imbula and brought in former Champions League winners.

The club is very much established in the top-flight, and the aim is to now go on and qualify for Europe.

Everton, backed by new major investor Farhad Moshiri, have the funds available to challenge for the top four and the club are backed up by a proud history and a huge number of supporters.

However, the Mirror report how the Stoke board are confident Hughes would not trade the Britannia Stadium for Goodison Park, owing to the club’s promise to spend big in their bid for Europe and continue growing.

The two clubs are currently separated by six points in the Premier League, with Stoke occupying 10th spot and Martinez’s under-performing Everton side one place below with a game in hand.

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