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Stoke reportedly line up fifth summer signing

Mark Hughes reportedly wants to boost his side's attacking options with the addition of Croatian forward Eduardo.

According to reports, Stoke City are currently monitoring the situation of former Arsenal striker Eduardo.

Mark Hughes is keen to boost his forward line ahead of the upcoming season and is said to have identified the Croatian international as an ideal signing.

The club have already completed deals for Phil Bardsley, Mame Biram Diouf, Steve Sidwell and Dionatan Teixeira.

Eduardo, who is currently out of contract after leaving Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk, has recently returned from representing his country at the World Cup in Brazil. He made one appearance for the Croats, as they suffered early elimination from the group stages.

The 31-year-old joined Donetsk from Arsenal in 2010 and has since collected four Ukrainian Premier League titles, three Ukrainian Cups and two Ukrainian Super Cups at the Donbass Arena. Last term he clocked up 23 appearances, scoring nine goals.

He is renowned for his scoring ability and this could prove a valuable asset to the Potters, who will be looking to improve on last season’s impressive ninth place finish. He scored seven goals in 41 appearances during a three-year spell at Arsenal, though his progress was halted by a horrific leg break.

If he can match his scoring rate of last term, he would stand a decent chance of finishing the 2014/15 campaign as one of Stoke’s most clinical players. Peter Crouch finished the season as the club’s highest scorer, with eight goals in 34 league appearances – a total beaten by Eduardo, despite the fact he featured in far fewer matches.

Stoke now reportedly face a three-way battle for the Croatians signature, following the alleged interest of Turkish giants Fenerbahce and Besiktas.

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