Mame Biram Diouf looks set to return to the Premier League this summer after spending two years in the Bundesliga with Hannover after rejecting to renew his contract.
It was reported five days ago by Sky Sports that Stoke City were close to sealing the signature of the Senegal striker, however, talks are taking longer than originally planned.
Hannover chairman, Martin Kind is not surprised that the negotiations are taking a while to conclude after admitting the club experienced similar difficulties when trying to urge the 26-year-old to sign on.
"I am really not surprised to hear the Bosman transfer of Mame Biram Diouf is not yet completed," Kind told kicker-Sportmagazin.
"Even in those talks with us, there were issues coming up now and then. And those issues were right in the borderline and almost exceeding tolerable limits."
According to reports, the striker's agent is demanding more money from the Potters.
Diouf began his career in Senegal but became more well known for his time at Norwegian club, Molde. After an impressive two years there, where he scored 29 goals in 62 games, Sir Alex Ferguson snapped him up and brought him to Manchester United in 2009.
Unfortunately, Diouf was unable to adapt to the Premier League and gained just five starts and scored one goal for United before moving to Blackburn Rovers and scored just three from 26.
For the last two seasons, Diouf has been a regular part of the Hannover team and has netted 25 times from 57 matches. This year he totalled eight from 19 league appearances.
He will leave this summer after refusing to sign a new contract and will depart from the HDI-Arena on a free transfer. Although Stoke are in line to bring the striker back to the Premier League, Mark Hughes has other players on his radar.
Initially, Stoke were chasing the signature of the well fancied Germany under 21 International, Kevin Vogt, along with a series of other Premier League clubs. However, yesterday, it was revealed that Vogt had been lured to newly promoted side, Cologne. The 22-year-old has agreed a three year deal at the club after leaving Augsburg who just missed out on the Europa League places.
Cologne chief executive Jorg Schmadtke told the club's website: "Kevin Vogt is a determined young German footballer with a great potential for the future years.
"He has impressed at FC Augsburg and shown he is capable of playing top-flight football."
Mark Hughes has now turned his attention to French striker, Emmanuel Riviere. The Monaco striker would cost the club £5 million according to reports and it's believed that they are in preliminary talks with the Ligue 1 player who scored 10 goals last season.
Diouf may be heading out the door, but one player Hannover look to land in the next few days is Augsburg full back, Matthias Ostrzolek. The Reds have confirmed their interest in the Germany under 21 International, who has previously played in Poland’s youth team, and have lined him up as a replacement for Belgian, Sebastien Pocognoli, who also looks set to leave this summer.
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