Date: 31st January 2017 at 3:42pm
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Mark Hughes has played down the prospect of late Stoke activity in the transfer window, which of course closes at 11pm.

However, this hasn’t stopped reports from the Daily Star from saying a move will be made – if it hasn’t already – for Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva.

Lucas is Liverpool’s longest serving player after arriving from Gremio in 2007 but his first team chances have been limited at Anfield in recent times. The 30 year old is frustrated at a lack of football but coming to Stoke before the deadline seems slim.

The report said ‘the Reds are likely to reject any advances’ for Lucas.

Brazilian international Lucas might not come in from the Merseyside club but a couple of players from Liverpool’s rivals Everton – our next Premier League opposition of course – could make a move to Stoke should the trials they are undertaking see them impress.

Jack Bainbridge and Mike Donohue turned out for the U23 side in a draw against Middlesbrough on Monday.

Bainbridge is an 18 year old central defender with 19 year old Donohue a winger. The Everton youngsters have already had trial spells at Derby with the their spells at Goodison Park poised to end.

If they come to the bet365 Stadium though remains to be seen.

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