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Stoke look to offer Hannover striker Mame Biram Diouf a Premier League return this summer, reports the Daily Mail.
The Bundesliga outfit have maintained all summer that they would not be selling their star striker, but it has been revealed now that they would be tempted by an offer in the region of £7million, and Stoke manager Mark Hughes is keen on bringing in the Senegalese forward to bolster their attacking options before the start of the season.
The former Manchester United flop recorded 18 goals in 36 games last season for the German side, and Stoke were keen on signing the 25-year old in a £4million deal, but Hannover are demanding almost double that figure. Stoke were unable to score enough goals last season to keep them comfortably out of harm’s way, and Hughes thinks Diouf will help them take that extra step.
During his three season spell in England following his transfer to United from Molde, Diouf managed to bag himself one goal in nine appearances for United, the majority of which being largely unimpressive performances. His season’s loan at Blackburn was a little more fruitful, but still a six goal return from 26 appearances is not the best record, however he has experienced good form since his switch to Germany, going at better than a goal every other game for Hannover.
With Peter Crouch, Cameron Jermone and Kenwyne Jones all viable options for Stoke right now, Hughes believes he needs one more forward to give them a great chance to have a bounce back season, but will have to stump up to get their man.