Stoke City monitoring ex-Spain youth winger Keko

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Former Spain youth international Keko has emerged as a potential target for Stoke City, following the winger's departure from Catania.

Having recently been linked to Barcelona forward Bojan, Stoke City are now said to be targeting another Spanish prospect.

The club have been trying desperately to add help on the flanks over recent weeks and the latest option they’re reportedly targeting is Catania winger Keko, who is a free agent this summer, after his contract with the Italian side expired.

A former Atletico Madrid prospect, Keko was a regular for the club’s B side but appeared just once for the first-team at the start of the 2009-10 campaign, aged 17, before being sent out on loan to Real Valladolid, FC Cartagena and Girona FC over the next two seasons.

Moving abroad to Catania in July 2011, the 22-year-old would not make his Serie A debut until February 2013, going on to play in just 26 games for the club, until their relegation at the end of last season.

Now on the hunt for a new club, Keko has international pedigree, having appeared for Spain from under-16 to under-20 level, and a number of La Liga sides are said to be considering bringing him back home.

Stoke are reported to be contemplating another run at Norwich’s Nathan Redmond, following a failed first bid, as well as being in the midst of negotiations for last season’s Liverpool loanee Oussama Assaidi but, in the meantime, the ex-Atletico wide man could prove a solid low-risk addition, with the potential to be a real bargain if he manages to realise some of his past potential.

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