By 90Min
July 20, 2017

Stoke are reportedly in negotiations with Manchester City to sign England international Fabian Delph, but are reluctant to meet the midfielders asking price. 

Stoke are willing to pay around £10m however, his current club are holding out for £13m, Sky Sports News are reporting. 

Since joining City from Aston Villa for £8m in July 2015, Delph has struggled with injuries and has recently found himself out of favour at the Etihad making just seven appearances last season. 

Manchester City's English midfielder Fabian Delph (CL) collects the ball after Sunderland's Northern Irish defender Paddy McNair (CR floor) scored an own goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on August 13, 2016. / AFP / PAUL ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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The signing of Delph would hugely bolster the Potters midfield, especially as the club have already announced the signing of Darren Fletcher earlier this summer from fellow Premier League club West Brom. 

The potential signing of Delph could also add immense quality to Stoke's midfield as long as the player manages to get over his recent injury problems. 

Delph broke on the scene at Leeds United, making his debut for the club in 2007 at the age of just 18. After several successful seasons for the Peacocks, he made the switch to the Premier League joining Aston Villa in 2009. 

His stock continued to rise with his performances for the Villans, which earned him both international recognition and a move to the Citizens in 2015. 

Mark Hughes's men look to improve on their underwhelming 13th place finish last season and are also close to the loan signing of Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma. 

The French international, who is still highly regarded, underwent a medical on Monday, and the move is expected to be completed after he agrees to terms on his proposed contract extension with Chelsea.



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