Stoke frustrate rivals by planning to keep Peter Crouch & Glenn Whelan

Mark Hughes Press Conference Disappointed 12/02/2014

Stoke City plan to keep Peter Crouch and Glenn Whelan, bringing to an end reports of interest from the likes of Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland.

Mark Hughes is aware of how important experience is to Stoke City, and that is why he is not prepared to part with two seasoned professionals in his ranks.

Peter Crouch has been generating plenty of transfer talk, with Harry Redknapp reportedly keen on a reunion with a player he has previously worked with at Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur at his current employers Queens Park Rangers.

Glenn Whelan has also figured prominently in gossip columns of late, with Sunderland and Swansea City among those keeping a close eye on his situation.

Both men are due to be out of contract next summer, with the Potters running the risk of seeing them drop into the free agent pool.

Hughes is, however, eager to address the issue of their respective futures and says he is planning to keep the pair on his books past the end of the current campaign.

Crouch remains a key figure for Stoke and has netted five times in the Premier League this season.

Whelan has been less of a regular, making seven top-flight starts, but provides international-calibre cover in an important area of the field.

The Potters will be hoping to see the duo agree extensions sooner rather than later, with exit talk a distraction they could do without heading through the hectic festive period.

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