Mark Hughes hopes to agree a deal with Chelsea that would see Victor Moses make his loan switch to Stoke permanent at the end of the season, according to the Express.
The Nigerian international has enjoyed a productive campaign at the Britannia under Hughes, and Stoke believe they can complete the deal for a fee in the region of £7million.
Failing that, Hughes is hopeful the Premier League leaders will agree to extending the 24-year-old’s loan spell by another 12 months.
Moses has starred for the Potters in recent weeks, and won and scored a last minute penalty during last weekend’s victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park.
In fact, only four more players in the division have seen more of the ball than Moses in the last six weeks of Premier League football – a major improvement in fortunes after a disappointing loan spell at Liverpool last season.
And Hughes is hoping he can capitalise on Moses’ recent upturn in form by making the deal permanent in the summer.
“Victor is still a Chelsea player, we’re very pleased with what he’s producing,” said Hughes. “We have given him the opportunity and he’s in a good place.
“We’d ideally love to be able to take him if we can but that won’t be our decision. Things have to fall in place but if there was an opportunity to bring Victor next season we’d love to do it.
“It will be discussed at the end of the season, we will see how far it can go. But his profile is being raised so it is a two-edged sword.
“A loan could be a compromise. The key would be to try and find a way to keep him here next season.
“Would he get the opportunity his talents deserve back at Chelsea? We like to think we would be a consideration for him almost certainly.”