Senegalese striker Mame Biram Diouf has announced his intention to leave current club Hannover 96 when his contract expires at the end of June.
Diouf first came to prominence when he joined Manchester United for £3.5m in 2009 from Norwegian side Molde, the club that produced United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, in a surprise January move but managed just the one league goal for the red devils, the final goal in a 3-0 win over Burnley.
The following campaign was spent out on loan with Blackburn Rovers where he Diouf struck three goals in 26 league games operating mainly from the right hand side under manager Sam Allardyce’s guidance.
The 26-year-old left United in the January of 2012, joining Hannover for a fee believed to be £1.5m and has scored 26 goals in 57 league games for the German side as well as notching seven times in the Europa League.
Hannover director Dirk Dufner confirmed the move and passed on the clubs best wishes to the departing striker: "It's something we'd been expecting and now know we know for sure," Dufner told Bild.
"Even though it was clear to us what Mame's intentions were, we still needed a definitive decision so that we could start planning for the new season."
"We'll remember him as an extraordinary striker, who was one of Hannover 96's key players and a fan favourite," Dufner added.
"Therefore, we'd like to thank him for his whole-hearted commitment to the club and wish him all the best for the future on a personal and sporting level."
"He'll always have ties to the city of Hanover, and not just because his young daughter was born here."
Senegal international Diouf is reported to have received an offer of around €4m Euros a season by VFL Wolfsburg but is thought to prefer a move back to the Premier League and has been attracting the interest of Stoke City who thought they had agreed a fee of £4m with Hannover last summer and were also back in for the striker in January only for a move to fail to materialise once more.
Manager Mark Hughes is believed to be a big admirer of the pacey striker and The Telegraph report that Diouf had flown to England on Thursday to meet with Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes and finally tie up a deal to bring the former Manchester United man to the Britannia Stadium and bring to an end their long standing pursuit.
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