Mark Hughes and Stoke City have confirmed their interest in signing Norwich City’s, Nathan Redmond, reports the Guardian. The winger was an almost ever-present for the Canaries last season, but was unable to prevent their eventual relegation from the Premier League.
Redmond has made 40 appearances for Norwich since joining from Birmingham 12 months ago, scoring once. An England Under-21 international, he is considered as one of the country’s most promising young talents. His development is likely to receive less high-profile attention for as long as it is held outside of the Premier League though.
Stoke are interested in reinstalling the player to the top flight, especially after a deal to bring Liverpool’s Oussama Assaidi to the Britannia has ‘gone cold’. The Potters enjoyed the Anfield player on loan last season, but look to be unsuccessful in an attempt to sign him permanently.
Speaking about Redmond, though, Hughes was positive about the player but realistic about the situation. ‘There is interest there – he’s a good young player and a player we would like,’ said Hughes, ‘But he’s not our player, he’s Norwich’s player, and they are obviously well within their rights to retain him.’
For Stoke, the situation could become an exercise in biding their time, as the Potters look to iron out a deal that will satisfy Norwich. Heading into next season, Hughes is clearly keen to continue developing Stoke into an attacking, exciting side, and Redmond would help with that goal.