Stoke City face stiff competition from Spain for Barcelona forward

Stoke were reported to be close to sealing a deal for Barcelona striker Bojan Krkić, but may now have to overcome competition from Deportivo La Coruna.

According to reports in the Mirror, Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna have entered the race to sign the 23-year-old, who is poised for a move away from the Nou Camp this summer.

The Catalan born youngster came through the famous youth ranks at Barcelona, and has scored 26 times in 104 appearances since first breaking into the first team in 2007.

Bojan had been tipped for big things at Barcelona, but has fallen out of favour under three different managers at the Nou Camp since 2012. 

The 5"7 forward has spent season-long loan spells at Roma, Milan and Ajax in the last three seasons, and is headed for the same fate again this term with new manager Luis Enrique unlikely to envisage the 23-year-old in his immediate plans. 

Mark Hughes has been pulling out all the stops to bring the Barcelona misfit to the Premier League, and looked all set to do so with Stoke chairman Peter Coates seemingly confident on the deal.

The 76-year-old Stoke owner said; “Mark has met with the player and we’re quietly confident of getting it all completed soon".

But this was before Deportivo entered the frame, and the Spanish side are hopeful of convincing Bojan to stay and prove himself in La Liga. 

Reports this morning suggest that the 23-year-old has been given 24 hours to decide his future, with Barcelona supposedly preferring the player to move to the Premier League for a chance to 'toughen up'

A long 24 hours lay ahead for Potters fans as they wait for the Spaniard to make his decision, but there is no doubt that Stoke might be on the verge of what could prove a landmark signing for the club. 

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