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Mark Hughes: 'Stoke City tried to sign Gerard Deulofeu'

Mark Hughes says that Stoke City enquired about Gerard Deulofeu before he joined Everton on loan from Barcelona in the summer.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has revealed that he made an enquiry for Gerard Deulofeu before the Barcelona youngster joined Everton on loan.

The 19-year-old made his first Premier League start for the Toffees today and scored the opening goal in a commanding 4-0 win over the Potters at Goodison Park.

"We were aware of him, we knew he was a talent and he is obviously a talent," the Welshman told reporters.

"We made an enquiry ourselves but unfortunately he came here and not to Stoke.

"He is a very talented boy and I am sure it will only be a loan deal, I am sure Barcelona will keep hold of that asset."

Today's result leaves Stoke 16th in the Premier League.

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