Stoke close in on ex-Manchester United forward

Hannover striker Mame Biram DioufStoke manager Mark Hughes is close to finalising a £6m move for former Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

The Senegal international flopped at Old Trafford, but has since carved out a reputation as one of European football’s top emerging talents with Hannover.

An impressive 18 goals in 38 games for the Bundesliga side last term has seen interest in his signature hot up, and Hughes views him as the ideal man to bolster his attacking options.

The Potter’s have developed a reputation for their one-dimensional style of player, and ‘Sparky’ is keen to alter this perception.

He has already set about drafting in more technically gifted players, with the likes of Barcelona youth star Marc Muniesa and Dutch international Erik PIeters having already arrived at The Britannia Stadium.

Although physically imposing, Diouf is a good technician and somebody who can contribute goals as well as assists.

The 6ft. 1” centre-forward has won 15 international caps, despite the presence of both Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba in the Senegalese squad.

He was signed by United in 2009 from Molde, with a reputation as one of the best young players in Europe.

But, he struggled with the Red Devils before moving to Hannover on a permanent deal in 2012.

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