Last Updated: Mon, 02 Jun 2014 13:00
Stoke City are close to signing Senegal international and former Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf from Hannover 96.
Potters chairman Peter Coates has confirmed that the club are finally close to reaching an agreement for the 26-year-old, who has rejected a new deal at the German club.
Stoke have pursued the striker for the past 12 months and are now confident the deal will go through this summer.
"We're hopeful that Diouf will be done," Coates told BBC Radio Stoke.
"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 signed for Manchester United from Norwegian club Molde in 2009 but made just nine appearances and scored just once.
He then joined Blackburn Rovers on loan before making the move to the Bundesliga, where he has impressed for Hannover, scoring 30 league goals in 68 games since January 2012.
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