Kenwyne Jones fined for absence by Stoke

The striker failed to show for the weekend clash with Liverpool and has now been omitted from the squad to face Crystal Palace, while Mark Hughes also talks transfers
Kenwyne Jones has been fined by Stoke City following his absence from last week's match against Liverpool.

The striker has been linked with an exit during the January transfer window and allegedly sent manager Mark Hughes a text message on the eve of the game and will now take no part against Crystal Palace.

"I was disappointed and Kenwyne has been fined because it is not something that should happen," Hughes old . "He won't be involved this weekend. We spoke on Monday, just to get an understanding of why it happened.

"We have had no contact from anybody for him this window, so maybe the information he is getting isn't correct. We're not looking to get rid of any striker. If we do, it will be on our terms rather than anyone else's."

Hughes also confirmed that United States international Juan Agudelo is now "tied to the club" ahead of an expected move from New England Revolution.

"We have tied Juan Agudelo to the club, but we aren't in a position where we can play him because of the unbelievable situation with the work permit," Hughes said.

"We didn't want to lose him because we feel he is arguably the biggest talent in America.

"We have taken him, and we now need to get him abroad somewhere until the end of the season to play some games and then reapply for the work permit in the future.

"Without going into the specifics of the deal we are determined to get him in here, but if we do hit a brick wall we may have to hold our hands up and say there is nothing else we can do. We are exploring every option available to us."

Agudelo would become Stoke's third signing of the window, having made Stephen Ireland's loan from Aston Villa permanent and taken Manchester City's John Guidetti on loan.

"John Guidetti gives us a different option up top which is good," Hughes continued. "He is a player who can play up front on his own.

"He has fantastic intelligence around the box, and when he gets opportunities he usually scores. He will go straight into the squad for the game at Crystal Palace."