General View of Chester's Deva Stadium
But despite Sheffield Wednesday, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Swansea City and Crystal Palace all being mentioned as possible suitors, the report claims that none of the above will be Hughes' next club, with another, unnamed side "stealing a march" on the quartet.
Meanwhile, Barnsley and Lincoln City have also been eliminated from the race to sign Hughes [above, right], who became Chester's youngest ever captain this past campaign.
Three of Wednesday, Wolves and Barnsley's Championship rivals, Aston Villa, Derby County and Fulham, are curiously omitted from the report, despite also being strongly linked with Hughes in recent months.
Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal admitted last month he is seeking "four or five" players to improve the quality of his team, which narrowly missed out on promotion for the second season running, and Hughes is unlikely to have fit that criteria.
Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal
Wolves, meanwhile, are expected to lean heavily on Jorge Mendes' contacts this coming transfer window.
Will Sheffield Wednesday and Wolverhampton Wanderers regret missing out on Hughes?
Super agent Jorge Mendes with client Cristiano Ronaldo