Not too long ago, a permanent move to Stoke City for Victor Moses seemed like a foregone conclusion. The on-loan winger really settled well under manager Mark Hughes, becoming an integral part of an evolving and almost promising side (alongside similarly revitalized, later injured Bojan Krkić).
Just as the rumor mill was starting to kick into gear, the Chelsea loanee got hurt and was ruled out for the rest of the season. As usual in such cases, he had returned to Cobham for treatment and rehab and his Stoke future was suddenly not so obvious.
But Sparky's still hopeful of being able to work out a deal for Moses. (Then again, when you hilariously destroy Liverpool 6-1, you might even be hopeful of signing Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.)
"[Loans] are options you can pursue, because you can get good players in and not be commit huge chunks of money. We've done okay ourselves with loans over the last couple of years."
"It was good to see Victor back at the ground for the final game of the season. I thought it was important he came, along with Bojan, because they have obviously played their part in our season as well as those on show for the last game.
"He's back at Chelsea now, but hopefully we can still do something. We'll have to see."
-Mark Hughes; source: Stoke Sentinel
It's unclear which option Stoke are pursuing or which they would prefer, but the local paper claims that Mark Hughes would be okay with either. So, let's make a deal, shall we?