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Bundesliga side Hannover 96 have told Stoke City to stop wasting their time with the pursuit of striker Mame Biram Diouf as they won’t sell him this summer, according to talkSPORT.
The 25-year-old has enjoyed two fine seasons in Germany, bagging 27 goals in 51 appearances over the two seasons since leaving Manchester United, and new Stoke boss Mark Hughes has identified him as the ideal man to lead his revamped attack for the upcoming campaign.
He has long been linked with a return to England since finding his goalscoring boots in the Bundesliga, however, Hannover sporting director Dirk Dufner has insisted that the club has no intentions of letting the Senegalese hit man leave this summer, and those who are interested in doing a deal will be left frustrated.
He told German football website Sport1: “[He] will certainly remain with us until the end of the season.”
The former Manchester United forward is now entering the final year of his contract at the AWD Arena, but the club are thought to be preparing a new deal that would see him collect a pay rise as well as a two-year extension.
Diouf made a total of just nine appearances for United during a three year spell that also saw him spend a season on loan with Blackburn Rovers too.