Mark Hughes is ready to complete the signing of Mame Biram Diouf from Hannover 96 after his career came to a halt following a move to Manchester United back in 2010, Daily Star reports.

Stoke City already acquired another former United player when they recently signed Phil Bardsley from Sunderland on a free transfer.

The club chairman has come out to confirm the speculation that Diouf could be on his way to the Britannia Stadium and that a deal is in place.

“We’re hopeful that Diouf will be done,” he told the BBC.

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“He’s the striker Mark Hughes wanted last year. We thought twice we’d got the deal done only for the deal to collapse, as it does in football.”

Diouf, 26, only made six appearances with the Red Devils, scoring one goal before being loaned out to Blackburn Rovers for the 2010-2011 campaign.

The Senegalese striker was then transferred out to German club Hannover 96 in 2011 and has scored a total of 35 goals in 71 matches over the past three seasons.