Former Bayern Munich striker: 'Stoke City remains my first choice'

Ivica Olić has expressed his desire to join Mark Hughes's Stoke City at the end of the season.

The 34-year-old, who is currently playing in the Bundesliga for VfL Wolfsburg appears to have his heart set on a move to Staffordshire in the summer to test himself in the Premier League. The former Bayern man was on the score sheet when Croatia beat England to deny Steve McClaren's men a place in Euro 2008 and was named man of the match. 

Olić, who has made 90 appearances for Croatia and was on the losing side in two Champions League finals during his time with German giants, Bayern Munich told Sky Sports :

"There are many rumours about my future. The press are talking about me moving to United States, to Qatar, but Stoke City remains my first choice,

"They are very serious and it would be really nice to play against Manchester United, Liverpool and other great English clubs.

"But nothing is signed yet so anything can happen. I also have some offers from Germany, even my former club Hamburg wants me. Never say never, right now the only thing I can say is that I will make my decision this month."

Olić would be a good addition for Stoke City as he is known for scoring goals on the big occasions, offering Mark Hughes the chance to add more pace and power to his attacking options.

Stoke City haven't commented on the speculation as they prepare to face Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday.  

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