Stoke pushing to finalise a deal for revitalised Diouf

Stoke have been relatively quiet in the transfer so far with the club having only bolstered the backlines so far over the summer break.

With the club having lost several strikers at the end of last season, The Potters have been searching to find a striker to help the club find the back of the net more often.

The Potters believe that the answer to this question is Hannover striker Mame Biram Diouf who has caught the eye of Mark Hughes after an impressive season in the Bundesliga.

Hughes is thought to have offered £6m for the Senegalese striker who had featured previously in the Premier League for Manchester United and Hughes former club Blackburn Rovers.

Despite struggling to feature regularly for Manchester United during his two seasons in England, Diouf has managed to revitalise himself in Germany garnering the attention of Hughes.

It’s thought that a deal is close to being finalised with negotiations thought to be at an advanced stage between the two clubs.

Since joining Hannover back at the end of the 2011-12 season, Diouf has managed to score an impressive 18 goals in 38 games for the club.

This has thrusted the striker back into the international spotlight who’s profile faded considering after moving to England after several seasons with Molde in the Norwegian Tippeligaen.

After all, Diouf only ever made 6 appearances for Manchester United scoring once for the side in the Premier League.
Alongside that, Diouf failed to impress when given a leading role at Blackburn Rovers only scoring 3 times in 26 appearances at Ewood Park.

Despite having some inconsistent form at club level, Diouf has enjoyed a decent run in the Senegal national team earning 15 caps since 2009 scoring just 2 goals.

Diouf is just the latest striker tipped with a move to the Britannia Stadium where Stoke have been desperate to try and sign a regular goalscorer at the club.

Not only that, but the club have suffered several losses upfront having seen Michael Owen retire at the end of last season and Mamady Sidibe failing to renew his contract at the club.

Peter Crouch is also expected to leave the club in the near future with the likes of QPR and Hull being linked with the former England striker.

Should Crouch decide to leave Stoke, it will mean that signing a player like Diouf will be imperative for the club to continue progressing within the Premier League.

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!