Stoke City have pulled out of a deal to sign Hannover striker Mame Barim Diouf, according to The Express.

He becomes the second striker to elude Stoke in this transfer window, after Nelson Oliveira opted to join French side Rennes earlier this month.

The Senegalese international would be a perfect candidate for Stoke having had previous experience in England with Manchester United and Blackburn, but it seems Mark Hughes has allowed him to slip through his fingers.

Hughes hasn't given up all hope, but admits the only way the striker will come to the club is if his parent club Hannover make a complete U-turn on the deal, having provided difficulties whilst negotiating.

The German media have been speculating about the striker for weeks with his value fluctuating between €8million and €17m. 

Meanwhile, The Potters have already added to their front line with the signing on New England Revolution's Juan Agudelo on a pre-contract basis. The striker will join Stoke on January 1 on a free transfer. 

Mark Hughes will now turn his attention to foreign targets as he looks to build his squad ahead of The Potter's trip to Anfield in Saturday.


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