Stoke City FC (@stokecity) June 11, 2014
Stoke City have today completed the signing of Hannover's former Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf.
The Senegalese forward has agreed a four-year deal and will join on a free transfer when his current contract expires on the first day of the July transfer window.
Diouf joined Manchester United from Molde in 2009 before experiencing a brief loan spell at Blackburn Rovers.
He failed to hit it off in England, and as a consequence he turned to German football, signing for Bundesliga outfit Hannover in 2012.
Diouf has scored 25 goals in 57 league appearances since leaving Old Trafford in 2012, whilst netting three goals in 18 games for his country.
A fan favourite in Germany, the 26-year-old will be looking to tackle unfinished business on his return to the Premier League. Having scored just once whilst wearing a Man United shirt he has plenty to prove in the English top flight.
If he can replicate his Bundesliga form for the Potters, the Midlands side will have no complaints whatsoever, but this will take a tremendous effort.
The club’s chief executive, Tony Scholes, said: "Mark Hughes has wanted to sign Mame since he took over as manager last year.
He has been a tremendous success in Germany as his record underlines and he is keen to return to England make an impact in the top flight.
"We're pleased to be able to give him the platform to hopefully achieve that ambition."
Here’s how Premier League fans reacted to the deal – for the majority he appears a very popular signing:
Mame Biram Diouf a nice pickup for #SCFC. Has developed well. Physical, quick, accurate, confident. A different player.— Sam Tighe (@stighefootball) June 11, 2014
So Stoke have now signed Mame Biram Diouf, Phil Bardsley & Steve Sidwell. I may be alone here but that seems like good early business— Ball Street (@BallStreet) June 11, 2014
Mame Biram Diouf - should be a good signing for #scfc. Scored plenty of goals in Germany.— Tom Hardy (@tomhardy92) June 11, 2014
Pretty beast signing for #SCFC. Getting Mame Biram Diouf suits their style of play down to the ground— JayquelinBuscus (@jacklinley94) June 11, 2014