Stoke Closing In On Former Manchester United Striker

Potters close to sealing deal for Hannover man.

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Stoke City are closing in on a deal for Hannover 96 and former Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf, according to talkSPORT.

The Senegalese forward has been a target for new Potters boss Mark Hughes for much of the summer, and looks set to complete a £6million move to the Britannia Stadium from the Bundesliga outfit.

The 25-year-old previously played in England for Manchester United, scoring just one goal, and also had a season on loan at Blackburn Rovers in the 2010/11 season.

However, he has found better form in Germany with Hannover, scoring 27 goals in the last two seasons for the Bundesliga side. Hughes is now keen to give him another chance to shine in the Premier League, and Stoke officials are believed to have flown to Germany last week to push the deal through.

Diouf will put pen to paper on a four-year contract and will undergo a medical on Friday, with a portion of the £6million fee going to Manchester United as part of a sell-on clause.

Stoke could benefit from extra firepower upfront, with the futures of Kenwyne Jones and Peter Crouch still up in the air.

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