Transfer news: Stoke in talks over permanent deal for Stephen Ireland
Stoke are hoping to sign midfielder Stephen Ireland during the January transfer window.
Last Updated: 03/01/14 4:56pm
Potters manager Mark Hughes has revealed the club are in talks over a permanent deal for the Republic of Ireland international, who is on a season long-loan from Aston Villa, where his contract is up at the end of the campaign.
"We're trying to do something with Stephen if we can," said Hughes. "I know we've had discussions with his people and I've spoken to Stephen myself.
"I think there's a willingness on both sides to get something done. Nothing's been agreed formally yet but I think the intention is there to try to do something if we can."
Hughes is keen to do business in the January window, with a striker the top priority, but he dismissed rumours midfielder Wilson Palacios could join Real Betis on loan.
The Welshman said: "That's news to me. There's been no contact as far as I'm aware. Jamie Ness has gone out on loan but at the moment we don't anticipate anybody else (leaving)."
Hughes, meanwhile, revealed Stoke are likely to make a complaint to the Football Association regarding Tottenham's response to Charlie Adam's tackle on Paulinho.
The Spurs midfielder is expected to be out for around a month following Adam's challenge in Stoke's 3-0 defeat last weekend, which was missed by the referee.
Tottenham complained to the FA but it did not deem the tackle worthy of retrospective punishment.
Adam is a hate figure for some Spurs fans as a result of previous tackles against Gareth Bale and Scott Parker, and midfielder Sandro posted a picture of himself on Instagram with a message for Adam: "The Beast (his nickname) is watching you."
Stoke were not impressed, and Hughes said: "There's no need for it.
"We were unhappy that Charlie's playing history in recent games against Spurs was brought up, I think by Spurs themselves. That was a little bit surprising.
"In terms of what the lad (Sandro) said it's unhelpful, and he has to be careful or the FA might look at that situation.
"Our view is that sometimes you can't allow things without responding. I'm not absolutely certain as yet but I think we as a club will respond to what's happened in recent days."