Mark Hughes admits he tried to sign Emmanuel Adebayor for Stoke City

The striker recently joined Crystal Palace until the end of the season.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has revealed he held a conversation with Emmanuel Adebayor about a move to the club before his transfer to Crystal Palace, reports the Express.

The striker had been a free agent since leaving Tottenham Hotspur back in September, with a number of clubs reported to have been looking at him.

However, a move did not materialise until this transfer window, with Palace managing to secure the forward on a six-month deal until the summer.

Hughes though, has now admitted that he had attempted to bring Adebayor to Selhurst Park before Alan Pardew managed to secure him.

"We talked about Ade and his situation but he's based in London," Hughes admitted, as reported by the Express.

"We knew early on that was where he was likely to end up, so we didn't pursue it to any great extent other than a conversation.

But he's a good player. When he's on top of his form he can be unplayable, he's that good."

Having secured his man, Pardew will now be hoping that Adebayor can provide the goals his side has been desperately craving.

The Eagles are particularly short up front, especially in the Premier League, with Yohan Cabaye currently their top goalscorer and Connor Wickham their only striker to have managed a goal in the division this season.

There is definitely a need for Adebayor to come in and grab the goals then, with a goalscoring striker likely to push them up the table towards a potential spot in Europe next season.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch