Manchester City’s Fabian Delph could still join Stoke City before the transfer deadline – report

Fabian Delph could still be on his way out of Manchester City before the transfer deadline closes, with Stoke City still keen on the England international according to John Percy of the Telegraph.

Percy, one of the reliable journalists in the country, said Delph is ‘still an option’ for Mark Hughes’ side, although it would now seem a loan move is more likely than a permanent switch.

It was recently reported that Delph and City were at odds with the 27-year-old demanding a loan exit and not wanting to commit himself to a permanent transfer this summer.

Delph hasn’t been frozen out as suggested – his place on the substitutes bench against Bournemouth was proof of this – but he is likely to see little game time in this, a World Cup year, should he remain at the Etihad.

Mark Hughes said earlier this month, “We just can’t seem to get over it (problems securing a deal), so I’m not sure that one is viable for us to be perfectly honest but we’ll see.”

However, the still seems to be open for Delph to join the Potters before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

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