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Stoke City boss refuses to comment on Netherlands international

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has refused to comment on rumours linking the Potters with Fenerbahce striker Robin van Persie.

Hughes admitted that he has seen the rumours but gave a rather cryptic response when asked if there was any truth to the reports.

“I’ve seen speculation, there’s going to be a lot of those stories, in fairness,” Hughes was quoted as saying by the Irish Times.

“Some will have a little bit of substance, some won’t. We’re looking to address key areas in the team, where we feel we can improve on and, if those players become available, then we’re interested.”

The Mirror recently reported that Hughes wants Van Persie and claim that the Netherlands international is keen on leaving Turkey over the summer.

A source close to the club told Emre Sarigul of Caught Offside that the Yellow Canaries are keen on keeping is expected to stay in Turkey over the summer.

Fenerbahce are expected to keep hold of Van Persie and he does have another two-years remaining on his current contract.

Van Persie has years of experience playing in the Premier League having enjoyed playing time at both Arsenal and Manchester United.

Middlesbrough are also reported to be interested in signing the 32-year-old striker according to the Sun.

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