Stoke City boss Mark Hughes insists he's not pushing Kenwyne Jones out the exit door.

Jones hit a hat-trick in Stoke's Capital One Cup victory over Walsall.

Asked if Jones was surplus to requirements and looking for another club, Hughes, who has started with Peter Crouch up front in Stoke's two league fixtures this term, said: "Kenwyne is here and is available (to us) and I'm pleased about that.

"People will look, certainly at his performance tonight, and think they would like his services.

"But at the moment we are quite comfortable he is here and pleased he is working hard and playing well."

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