Stoke City close in on deal for one striker, with one more lined up

Mark Hughes is trying to get a lot of his transfer activity done early on in the summer for his Stoke City side.


The Potters are already reportedly close to securing a deal to bring former Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf back to the Premiership from German side Hannover 96.

The Senegales striker is thought to have been on Mark Hughes' radar for a long time and he may finally get his man this summer. Diouf's spell at Manchester United wasn't exactly prolific and even a loan spell at Blackburn Rovers failed to revitalise his time in England. However since moving to Germany to play in the Bundesliga with Hannover he has impressed.

In two-and-a-half years at Hannover Diouf has scored 35 goals in 71 games in all competitions, a great record which has persuaded Hughes to bring him to The Britannia Stadium. Diouf will be hoping he can fare a lot better than his previous spells in England. He only managed one goal for Manchester United and in a full season at Blackburn he scored just three goals in 26 Premier League games.

Diouf's deal is set to expire with Hannover so it looks as if it is worth a gamble for Stoke. They scored 45 goals last season with their top goalscorer in the league being Peter Crouch with just eight goals. Luckily many areas of the team contributed with the goals, but the side lacked a prolific striker. Charlie Adam chipped in with seven, Peter Odemwingie and Jonathan Walters scored five each whilst Oussama Assaidi and Marko Anautovic scored four goals each. There was even a goal from Asmir Begovic of course.

Stoke have also stepped up the chase for a striker who they initially targeted in January. Monaco striker Emmanuel Riviere scored ten goals from 19 starts and eleven substitute appearances in Ligue 1 last season. It is thought the deal could cost in the region of £5m.

Riviere can play centrally as well as out on the wide right, and his flexibility will be welcomed at Stoke giving them plenty of options.


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