Are Wolfsburg about to pinch Stoke's long-term target from under their noses?

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Stoke City had been hoping to complete a deal for Mame Biram Diouf soon, but Bundesliga side Wolfsburg still believe they can sign him.

Mark Hughes has always been a big fan of former Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diuof and had set his sights on signing the Senegalese striker this summer. Diouf is out of contract at Hannover 96 and it was thought a couple of weeks ago that Stoke were close to completing a deal for the 26-year-old.

A couple of days ago Stoke chairman Peter Coates said he was hopeful the deal would be completed in a couple of days and Diouf is thought to have already passed a medical. However the striker has yet to put pen to paper and that has led to other clubs becoming interested.

Wolfsburg are obviously well aware of Diouf's talents in the Bundesliga and a move within Germany could be more appealing to him. Regarding Diouf, Wolfsburg's general manager Klaus Allofs told kicker-Sportmagazin: "Everything that has not become a done deal in time is actually absolutely not checked off from our point of view." They have also been linked with Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata in the same publication. His previous spell in England wasn't exactly a memorable one so he could be wary about returning to the Premier League. However on the other hand he could want to prove himself to Manchester United fans and other doubters.

Diouf's record in Germany is admirable; he has scored 33 goals in two years for Hannover and Mark Hughes has been keen to bring him to Stoke ever since he took over at the Britannia Stadium.

Peter Coates also said that Mark Hughes is hoping to do all his transfer business early on this summer as opposed to previous manager Tony Pulis who often left things to the last minute. The Potters have already brought in Phil Bardsley from Sunderland on a free transfer and as well as Diouf they have been linked with a move for Monaco striker Emmanuel Riviere.

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