After witnessing on loan winger Victor Moses consistently impress for Stoke City this season, boss Mark Hughes has expressed his desire to make the move permanent.
The Nigerian flyer has been borrowed from one of Hughes’ former clubs Chelsea and the Welshman reckons he convince the west Londoners to complete the move for £7m.
Moses is likely to be in action when Stoke host Hull, with a price of 17/2 saying he notches the first goal of the contest.
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The former Crystal Palace academy graduate hasn’t had the sharpest eye for goal this term, but his creative powers have been especially effective in helping the Potters climb to tenth in the Premier League table.
It’s these exploits coupled with their impressive negotiation skills that render Hughes’ hopes to land Moses for just £7m as more than a little optimistic.
For a player who has absolutely no chance whatsoever of making it into Jose Mourinho’s plans, this figure would appear more than a little steep.
But Belgian twosome Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku also had no hope of regular first-team football under the Portuguese, neither did twice Blues player of the year Juan Mata or former teammate David Luiz.
Chelsea duly sold them all, but unfathomably managed to line their pockets with over £130m in doing so, £50m of which coming from the sale of Brazilian Luiz to Paris Saint-Germain.
It’s the Lukaku sale that gives the greatest indicator of how much Moses will cost, however.
The Everton hitman commanded a fee of £30m in the summer after scoring 15 top-tier goals during a Goodison Park loan stint last season and 17 the year before at West Brom.
It’s these exploits with so-called ‘lesser’ divisional rivals that enabled the Blues to demand such a high price for his services.
Moses, who at 23 at the time of his Stoke switch, is of a similar age to Lukaku and has proved himself an integral part of the set up in the Potteries.
His two goals have been supplemented by three assists and as many man-of-the-match awards.
With 2.1 key passes per match and 3.7 dribbles, his direct, speed-loaded play makes him a valuable asset to the Stoke style.
None of his teammates have better averages in either of these categories.
Their win percentage stands at 50% with him in the ranks and drops down to 36% when he has been sidelined, while they’ve lost just 33% with Moses in the team compared to 43% without him.
His importance to the team means Stoke must strive to make the move permanent, but undoubtedly aware of this, the ruthless negotiation team at Chelsea are sure to get a higher price than £7m.