Flores in the frame succeed Mark Hughes at Stoke

Quique Sanchez Flores is expected to accept the Stoke City job today

Quique Sanchez Flores is expected to accept the Stoke City job today

Stoke City have made a move for Spanish coach Quiqie Sanchez Flores.

Club general director Óscar Perarnau and sports director Jordi Lardín have been in the meeting with Flores, although the latter is said to have left at 2pm Spanish time.

After reports that O'Neill was on Stoke's radar - and interested in the position - Stoke-based BBC Radio journalist Matt Sandoz yesterday told RTÉ Sport that Sanchez Flores is the Premier League strugglers' preferred option.

Espanyol boss Quique Sanchez Flores has refused to discuss a potential switch back to England football with Stoke City.

"It's a big day for Espanyol and I don't want to talk about me". "I want to continue being happy with my profession". The Premier League strugglers were keen on Derby manager Gary Rowett until he signed a new deal on Tuesday.

The 52-year-old is under contract with Espanyol until 2019, but has a release clause in his deal.

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Flores' one season in English football to date saw him guide Watford to a 13th-placed finish in 2015-16, with the Hornets also reaching the FA Cup semi-finals.

Martin O'Neill has been acting without a signed contract since Ireland's World Cup campaign ended in November and was free to hold talks with Stoke.

The Sun cites reports in Spain which claim the former Valencia, Benfica and Atletico Madrid manager, could still take charge of Espanyol against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

Since the departure of Hughes and his assistant Mark Bowen, first-team coach Eddie Niedzwiecki has been in temporary charge at Stoke, taking training ahead of Monday's league clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

"A new manager could come in tomorrow, and it's just a matter of us trying to make sure the lads are prepared, organised and ready to go".

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