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Stoke to resurrect interest in Crystal Palace star

| 18.11.2015

Stoke City are set to rekindle their flirtation with Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak in January after missing out on the Australia international in the summer.

Potters boss Mark Hughes attempted to land the Eagles ace on deadline day in the summer but failed to get the deal over the line.

However, having seen the Aussie fail to hold down a regular starting berth under Alan Pardew this term, the Welshman looks set to test the waters once again in the New Year.

News of the Potters’ interest comes in the wake of Stoke chairman Peter Coates claiming that defensive midfield is an area that is a little light in Hughes’ squad.

“We are not short of players, but we might want extra cover in certain positions. A player that springs to mind is Glenn Whelan. If Glenn wasn’t there, that might make things difficult for us because we haven’t got another player like Glenn,” Coates told the Stoke Sentinal.

“We’ve only got Glenn as what you might call a proper defensive midfield player.”

Jedinak was a key player for Palace in the 2013-14 season, playing a part in every single league game but played just 24 times last season with AFC Asian Cup commitments hampering his chances.

He has featured just six times for Palace this season and at 31-years of age the midfielder is likely to be keen to secure a move away from Selhurst Park in order to improve his chances of first team action.

Stoke travel to St Mary’s to take on Southampton this weekend and go into the game as 5/1 outsiders, while the Saints can be backed at 11/20 and the draw is priced at 14/5

The Potters are 7/2 to finish in the top 10 this season but could see those odds shorten with the addition of a steadying influence in the shape of Jedinak.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.