Derby County Holding Stoke City To Ransom Over Lee Grant’s Transfer Fee 

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Mark Hughes says Stoke will not be held to ransom as they attempt to secure a deal for on-loan goalkeeper Lee Grant.

“We would like to do something,” Hughes said. “At the moment, Derby want a bit too much money!

“There needs to be a common ground. There’s a value on Lee, who’s done fantastic for us – but we’re not going to be held to ransom.

“At the moment we’re a little bit far apart. If that continues we’ll have to look at other options.”

Grant’s form for the Potteries side has been good. Hughes was impressed with Grant again during Stoke’s goalless draw with Southampton on Tuesday night, in which he brilliantly backed up a Stoke side reduced to 10 men after Marko Arnautovic’s 23rd minute dismissal for serious foul play.

Hughes remains unsure when England international Butland will return but was clear that he wants a strong group of goalkeepers at the bet365 Stadium.

He said: “If you look back at the goalkeeping group, even before my time, it has always been really strong here.

“We want that group to get back to those levels as well, so the likes of Jack, Shay, Lee and Jakob (Haugaard), who has been played in the first team.

“It gets that strength in the goalkeeping group back to the level it was maybe a couple of years back.”



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