Stoke’s hopes of securing a January deal for long-term target Mame Biram Diouf have been dealt a blow, with Hannover confident of extending the striker’s stay in Germany.
The Potters tracked the ex-Manchester United man for much of the summer, but were unable to tie up a deal for his signature.
Despite having secured a number of new arrivals since taking control at the Britannia Stadium, new manager Mark Hughes is still thought to be keen to bolster his options.
Diouf – whose current contract expires at the end of the season – was still thought to be on the former Manchester City coach’s radar ahead of a potential move once the transfer window reopens.
However, Hannover sporting director Dirk Dufner has ruled out selling the 25-year-old and is hoping to tie him down to a new contract soon:
“Mame has said he is comfortable here in Hannover and we want to make him understand that we place great emphasis on him and believe in his quality,” he is quoted by talkSPORT.
“Our goal is to keep the player and possibly extend his contract.”
Diouf was unable to make an impact on the first-team at Manchester United, but has blossom in Germany.
A return of 20 Bundesliga goals since his arrival in 2012 has seen him develop a reputation as one of the division’s top marksmen.
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