Welshman is currently out of work after being sacked by QPR.
Stoke City are lining up a surprise move for Mark Hughes to replace their recently departed head coach Tony Pulis at the Britannia stadium next season, reports BBC Sport Online.
The Potters and their hugely popular Welsh manager went their separate ways on Tuesday after seven years together following a difficult campaign for the club in the Premier League.
And now Stoke chairman Peter Coates has identified the experienced former Wales, Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Fulham and Queens Park Rangers head coach as being the ideal man to take over from Pulis.
Hughes, 49, is currently out of work having been sacked by QPR last November following a terrible start to the season, with the west London club going on to be relegated to the Championship.
However, the one-time Manchester United goalscoring legend would bring with him a mountain of top-level experience in the game, having played more than 750 games in a glittering 20-year playing career.