Stoke manager Mark Hughes is plotting a January swoop for Borussia Monchengladbach striker Luuk De Jong, according to reports from TuttoMercato.

‘Sparky’ has set about transforming the Potters’ image as a long ball team since taking over from now Crystal Palace chief Tony Pulis over the summer and has been successful to a certain extent.

Stoke have enjoyed a solid start to the campaign, with their shock 3-2 win over Chelsea on Saturday moving them into 12th.

Hughes invested in multiple players during the last window to aid his cause, but is still thought to be eyeing further additions next month.

De Jong is one man he has been tracking for some time, and rumoured that he may be available have seen the club’s interest spike.

The 23-year-old is not seen as a key man at Monchengladbach, with the German side said to be prepared to let him leave.

Hughes is open to offering him the chance of a Premier League switch, where he could be used alongside Peter Crouch.

De Jong has attracted interest from some English football’s top sides in the past, and has represented his nation seven times at senior international level.

 

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