Hughes has been linked with the Canadian-born youngster after managing him at both Blackburn and QPR.
He stopped short of saying he wanted to sign Hoilett specifically, either on loan or permanently, but did state: "Junior is a very good player and somebody I have worked with before.
"If we are able to bring in players of that quality we will try and do that.
"But we have got to be patient.
"Ideally, you want your targets in through the door a couple of weeks before the season starts, but that hasn't been possible for whatever reason and there is enough time to get players in."
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