Hughes the Stoke City manager has made keeping Jones a priority and negotiations are expected to start later this month with the £8 million forward understood to be keen on extending his stay at the Britannia Stadium. Stoke had considered selling the Trinidad and Tobago international in this summer's transfer window amid concerns that he would not sign a new contract but the departure of Tony Pulis has reinvigorated Jones. The 28-year-old only made 12 starts last season under Pulis and was considering his future until the appointment of Hughes in May. Hughes has opted for Jones in the last three games ahead of record signing Peter Crouch and the striker's future will be high on the agenda in a scheduled meeting with the Stoke board after this Sunday's trip to Arsenal. Jones has less than 12 months remaining on his current deal but is likely to be offered a three-year extension to take him into his 30s.