Hughes is eager to take Stokes on loan with the Republic of Ireland international completely out of favour at Parkhead.
The 27-year-old has only played twice this season and was suspended for two weeks after airing his frustrations on social media last month.
Hughes, who has extended Miles Storey’s loan deal from Swindon, said: “I’ve known Stokesy since he was a young lad. I brought him from Arsenal up to Falkirk and he was a revelation. There are slight comparisons with Miles and I’d get excited if we can partner these two up front.
“We’ve made an enquiry but a number of teams have made an enquiry.
“I’m still friendly with Stokesy and I’m just hoping if Celtic decide to let him out on loan to a Scottish club, then hopefully he will come back and work with his old gaffer, because we have had a great rapport and a great relationship.”
Stokes made his name during a loan spell under Hughes, when he hit 16 goals in 18 games, and then won his move to Celtic after hitting 24 goals in a year after the pair were reunited at Hibernian.
“He has always scored goals for me so I know how to get the best out of him and control him,” Hughes said.
“It is a challenge, he’s a loveable rogue, he’s a maverick and I’m quite sure if he was to come he would test my patience. But I could handle that, he’s a lovely, lovely lad and a real talented footballer.”