Everton interested in Stoke’s Kenwyne Jones
[one_fourth last=”no”][/one_fourth]Everton manager Roberto Martinez is keen to replenish his attacking options and is pushing forward with an attempt to sign Stoke City’s Kenwyne Jones. The tall, powerful forward has only 6 months remaining on his contract with Stoke and Toffees boss Martinez is hoping to seal a bargain £1m deal for the player.
Croatian striker Nikica Jelavić should seal a move from Everton to Hull City soon leaving Martinez short on senior strikers and the Spaniard feels Jones would be an ideal addition to his high-flying squad.
The striker was recently fined £80,000 by Potters boss Mark Hughes after failing to report for Stoke’s game on Sunday against Liverpool. The Daily Mail in England is reporting that Jones sent boss Hughes a text message the night before the game saying he would be unavailable and Hughes is said to be furious with the 29-year-old.
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Jones and his agent met Hughes and Tony Scholes, Stoke’s chief executive, to discuss the situation at the club’s Clayton Wood training ground on Monday and when asked about Jones’s no-show on Sunday, Hughes would only say that the player was “unavailable”.
The Trinidad and Tobago international signed for Stoke from Sunderland for £8m in 2010, but Jones has struggled to impress at the Britannia Stadium and has scored just 13 goals in the Premiership during his time at the club. He has also seen his opportunities this season limited starting just 4 games in the league with boss Hughes preferring to play Peter Crouch up top.
Stoke are holding out for up to £3m and this transfer may not be concluded until nearer the end of the January transfer window. Hughes wants to at least add another striker to his squad before he lets Jones go and John Guidetti, Manchester City’s 21-year-old Swedish striker, should be arriving on loan soon allowing for Jones’ departure.