Afternoon all,

Stoke City have this morning confirmed that they have appointed Mark Hughes as their manager, to replace Tony Pulis who left the club last week. Hughes has previously enjoyed spells at Fulham, Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and QPR, where he was sacked in November last year and since then he has been out of work. Stoke’s chairman Peter Coates has claimed that the club needed a change in direction, and that Hughes was the perfect man for the job

Zenit St Petersburg’s Brazilian striker Hulk has generated a large number of interest from two Premier League clubs, according to his agent, who has also come forward to say that there has been no contact at all with French club Monaco over a possible deal for the 26-year-old. One of the two teams believed to have contacted Zenit about Hulk is Tottenham, which may have a lot of sense to it as Hulk worked under current Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas at Porto. Since his £52 million move from Porto last September, Hulk has been the subject of racial abuse from his own fans, this has also led to speculation about his future in Russia

Chelsea have closed in on signing Bayer Leverkusen winger Andre Schurrle as according to Leverkusen’s general manager has said that a fee has been agreed between the two clubs which is believed to be within the region of £20 million with Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne moving to the Bundesliga side on loan

Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that he has reached a verbal agreement with Manchester City to become their new manager and takeover from Roberto Mancini, who was sacked after City’s 1-0 FA Cup final loss to Wigan earlier on this month. Last season, Pellegrini guided Malaga to their highest ever Liga BBVA finish, as they came fourth which meant they qualified for the Champions League this season, where they were knocked out in the quarter finals by eventual finalists Borussia Dortmund. Pellegrini has also claimed that he also received an offer from French champions PSG to become their new manager, but he chose Manchester City instead

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is set to hold talks with the club about his future when the new manager, who is largely expected to be Jose Mourinho, after reports saying that he had agreed a four-year contract worth £40 million to takeover at Stamford Bridge again. But whoever takes over as manager will have to hold talks with Lukaku over his future, as he has claimed that if he does not feature in the new managers plans then he may have to look elsewhere for first team football

Luis Suarez has admitted that the criticism that he gets from the British press could force him to move away from the Premier League in the Summer, even though he has claimed to be happy at Liverpool. If the 26-year-old decided to leave the club, his most likely destination is Real Madrid. But Suarez’s agent has claimed that Suarez will be staying at Liverpool and all reports linking the Uruguayan to Real Madrid are rubbish

A number of Premier League clubs are said to be interested in Reading winger Jimmy Kebe, who scored five goals in 18 appearances for the Royals who were relegated this term, finishing in 19th place. Both West Ham and Fulham have shown interest in the Mali international in the past year, and it has already been confirmed that Kebe wants to stay in the Premier League next season further linking him with a move away from the Madejski Stadium

Bolton Wanderers have agreed a deal to sign Norwich defender Marc Tierney when his contract with the Premier League club expires in the Summer. Since joining the Canaries in 2011, Tierney has helped the club gain promotion to the Premier League, but this season hasn’t played a single minute for the club

Ian Henderson has signed a two year contract to keep him with Rochdale. The 28-year-old has had a positive impact since he was released from League One side Colchester in February and has scored three goals in 12 appearances for The Dale

Newly promoted Conference Premier side Chester FC have confirmed that they will sign Accrington Stanley forward Craig Lindfield once his contract expires in the Summer