Former Manchester United winger Nani on Stoke's radar
By Dev Trehan
Last Updated: 04/07/16 11:17am
Stoke are interested in bringing ex-Manchester United winger Nani back to the Premier League, assistant boss Mark Bowen has confirmed.
Nani, who is currently preparing for Portugal's Euro 2016 semi-final clash against Wales on Wednesday, left Old Trafford for Fenerbahce last summer after a season on loan at Sporting Lisbon.
But Stoke boss Mark Hughes is keen to lure the 29-year-old back to England, although he faces competition for the player's signature from Spanish side Valencia.
"I know there is an interest there. Valencia are a big club but it is the draw of the Premier League," Stoke assistant Bowen told talkSPORT.
"He is player that Mark admires a lot and he has had a very good tournament. Without giving too much away, there is an interest there and let's see what happens.
"In my opinion, he left the Premier League far too early. He had his time at Manchester United and had been a big player for them and he seemed to drift away rather than step into another club in the Premier League.
"If he is ready to come back, then I'm sure there will be a lot of clubs interested in him."
Sporting Lisbon academy graduate Nani joined Manchester United for a fee in the region of £22m in 2008, scoring 40 goals and supplying 73 assists in 230 appearances for the Red Devils.