Hughes confirms Stoke interest in Benfica's Oliveira

The Britannia Stadium boss believes the 21-year-old 'has a good pedigree' and insists Wilson Palacios will have a place in the squad next season
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has confirmed the club are interested in signing Benfica forward Nelson Oliveira.

The 21-year-old scored four goals in 30 La Liga appearances during his loan spell at Deportivo La Coruna last season.

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Reports claim Oliveira is available on another temporary deal this summer and Hughes believes the Portugal international would make an impact at the Britannia Stadium.

"Yes, there's an interest there," Hughes told The Sentinel.

"He's a player I've seen before and who I know. He's a little bit different to what we've got.

"I'm not sure how far down the line we are but, if we can get him, he'll be a good player for us.

"He's young, but he has played for his country, so he obviously has a good pedigree, and I'm sure we will try and get games out of him straight away."

Hughes also revealed that he has held talks with Wilson Palacios over the midfielder's future and says the 28-year-old still has a place at the club, despite being wanted by Hull City.

"I've had conversations with Wilson and I'm pleased with what I've seen so far," Hughes added.

"I've been pleased with his work on the training ground and I think he could be a good option for us this year."