Report suggests Stoke have entered race for Jakub Jankto

England's Bryn Morris in action with Czech Republic's Jakub Jankto

Stoke City have so far failed to live up to their high expectations in the Premier League this season.

Stoke City manager Mark HughesStoke City manager Mark Hughes

Stoke City have entered the race to sign Udinese's highly rated Czech Republic midfielder Jakub Jankto, according to the Daily Mirror, and reported via the Stoke Sentinel.

The 20-year-old has been the subject of reported interest from Bournemouth and Leicester City, and now the Mirror claim that he is a January target for the Potters.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes in the standsStoke City manager Mark Hughes in the stands

The Czech midfielder spent last season on loan at Italian Serie B outfit Ascoli and made 34 league appearances, scoring five goals.

Mark Hughes' men have struggled to find their stride at the start of their Premier League campaign, and currently sit rock bottom in the table with just one point from four games.

Although their squad clearly needs strengthening, it is still early days, and the acquisition of an unproven 20-year-old is unlikely to have an immediate impact on their fortunes.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes before the matchStoke City manager Mark Hughes 

The Mirror claim that Udinese will be willing to accept a fee in the region of £8 million for Jankto, reported via the Stoke Sentinel.

The Potters will look to climb up the table with a victory at Crystal Palace on Sunday, but with the Eagles beginning to find form, it will by no means be an easy task.

England's Bryn Morris in action with Czech Republic's Jakub JanktoEngland's Bryn Morris in action with Czech Republic's Jakub Jankto

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