The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Wil­son West

STOKE City boss Mark Hughes has warned Derby County he will scrap his bid to sign on-loan goal­keeper Lee Grant on a per­ma­nent ba­sis if they don’t drop their ask­ing price.

Derby are seek­ing around £4m while Stoke want to pay £1.5m for the 33-year-old who is out of con­tract at the end of the sea­son.

Hughes said: “We would like to get it done, but we may come to a point where it’s not fea­si­ble.

“There’s a value on Lee and we ap­pre­ci­ate that be­cause he’s done ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic for us, but we are not go­ing to be held to ran­som.

“There’s a mar­ket value on Lee and we know that.

“But we are a bit far apart and we may have to look else­where.

“He’s been ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic since he's come here and his form has helped us at a time when we were con­ced­ing too read­ily and he’s set­tled ev­ery­body down.”

WANTED: Lee Grant

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