Stoke manager Mark Hughes has confirmed the club are interested in signing New England Revolution striker Juan Agudelo.
20-year-old Agudelo, who was traded to Revolution from Chivas USA in exchange for defender Heath Pearce in May 2012, is out of contract at the end of the current MLS season and persistent speculation has linked him with a switch to the Potteries.
Hughes, who has been in charge at Stoke since replacing Tony Pulis in May, had initially remained silent about any potential interest in the American international, but has now finally admitted that the club are indeed seeking to bring Agudelo to the Brittania Stadium.
He told The Sentinel: "We are hopeful of progressing that. There seems to be a willingness from most sides.
"He's a good young player and we feel he's got potential and we would like that to happen."
Agudelo, who also had a stint with New York Red Bulls at the start of his career, has netted three goals in five appearences for Revs so far this season. Jay Heaps' men currently occupy sixth position in the Eastern Conference, with eight wins, eight defeats and six draws in 22 games.
They face a trip to second-placed Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.
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