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Stoke chiefs in Spain to close Sanchez Flores agreement

Espanyol coach Quique Sanchez Flores is closer to joining Stoke City.

The Daily Mail says Stoke are in advanced talks to land Sanchez Flores as manager on a five-year deal.

Flores must first negotiate terms for leaving Espanyol so Eddie Niedzwiecki, Stoke's first-team coach, is likely to act as caretaker boss for Monday's trip to Manchester United.

Stoke hope to appoint Spaniard Flores to replace Mark Hughes this weekend.

Vice-chairman John Coates and chief executive Tony Scholes flew to Barcelona for initial talks on Wednesday and the early signs have been encouraging.

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