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Stoke City keen on securing permanent Assaidi deal

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes will turn his attention to securing the future of on-loan winger Oussama Assaidi, with talks having already begun with his parent club Liverpool.

Assaidi starred in Stoke's 4-1 win over Fulham on Saturday.

It's important that we accept that he's not our player, he's Liverpool's player, but he's done really well for us and we're very pleased with what he's produced.

There is a hope we might be able to bring him in and a lot of that is down to the player himself. You need the right players around you to maximise your ability and I think he's found that at Stoke City, so we're hopeful.

But it's out of our hands to a certain extent because it depends what Liverpool value him at.

– Mark Hughes


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Stoke contacted Spurs over rumoured Adam snub

Stoke sought assurance from Spurs that everyone will shake the hand of Charlie Adam should he make the starting line-up for Saturday's Premier League clash.

A rumour surfaced on Friday suggesting some of the visiting side would snub Adam because of ill feeling towards the playmaker.

The Scot has been the instigator of a number of controversial tackles in games against Tottenham and Paulinho was out for a month after being felled by Adam in the reverse fixture in December.

We've made contact with Spurs to see if there's any truth in it and they assure us there's absolutely nothing. So we'll take it with a pinch of salt.

We were a little bit taken aback by it. When I read it I thought it was absolute bunkum. We made the call and it just confirmed what we felt anyway.

Charlie's done really well this year and he's in my thoughts for the game tomorrow certainly. He came on against Cardiff to good effect.

– Stoke manager Mark Hughes

Stoke City target Olic commits future to Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg have extended the contract of Ivica Olic by two years until 2016.

The Croatian, who joined the club from Bayern Munich in 2012, has scored 22 goals for the club, including 13 this season.

He was reportedly a target of Stoke City, but has now committed his future to the Bundesliga club.

I'm delighted that my future has now been resolved and that I am going to continue playing for Wolfsburg.

We want to try to be successful in the Bundesliga and in Europe next season and I love being part of this team, and my family is happy here too.

– Ivica Olic

Hughes impressed with Agudelo

Stoke manager Mark Hughes has been impressed by Juan Agudelo's progress at Utrecht and is gearing up to make a second work permit application for the United States striker.

Juan did very well in the game I saw.

He scored a good goal, showed a lot of technical ability as well, and I was able to see him after the game, which was pleasing because I haven't seen him for a number of weeks.

He seemed quite content and is happy with his situation. Utrecht is a good club; they've got a good set-up and I was very impressed with their stadium, which is a nice stage for him to ply his trade.

He and I were both talking about the work permit and I hope we're able to get one this time - that's certainly what he's focusing on.

– Stoke manager Mark Hughes
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