Stoke City close in on Manchester City striker

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Stoke City could be set to welcome Manchester City's John Guidetti to the Britannia Stadium in a bid to improve their goal tally.

Mark Hughes' side have one of the worst goalscoring records in the league and are hoping City's Swedish youngster can improve their firepower. 

According to a report in the Mirror, Stoke could face competition for his signature from the likes of Premier League strugglers West Ham and Spanish side Malaga. 

It is believes that the 21-year-old is highly thought of at the Etihad, and any deal would have to be on a loan basis, and likely short-term.

The young Swede has been plagued by injury recently, and though finally back to fitness, his path to the first team is blocked by the wealth of talent City have in their forward line.

Talented youngster Guidetti netted 20 goals in 23 games two seasons ago at Feyenoord, and City will be keen for the striker to adjust to the Premier League so he can fulfil his potential in Manchester. 

Thus far Guidetti, signed from IF Brommapojkarna, has failed to make a single league appearance for Citizens.

His sole City outing came in the League Cup - more than three years ago.

City, presumably without Guidetti, will take on West Ham in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

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