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Ex-Arsenal striker Eduardo could be in for a shock return to the Premier League as Stoke boss Mark Hughes is keen to bring him to the club.

The Brazilian-born Croat is out of contract at Shakhtar Donetsk after a four-year spell in Ukraine and so would be available on a free transfer.

Wish list

After Stoke's best ever Premier League season, Hughes is keen to kick on and strengthen the side in order to carry on playing their new brand of attacking football.

It is thought that the top priority is to bring in a striker to add to the sides attacking options, which are lacking in a real prolific front man, with Jon Walters more of a workhorse striker than a consistent goalscorer.

Eduardo too isn't prolific, only scoring 24 goals across four seasons during his stay in Russia, playing 81 games for the Ukrainian side.

His spell at Arsenal - which was hampered by a severe leg injury - yielded just 7 goals in 41 games.

But picking him up on a free transfer for a potential return of 10 goals could be smart business from the Stoke boss, adding an additional threat without the outlay of a transfer fee, and any money saved could then potentially be spent on player wages.

Competition

Hughes may face a battle to land the signature of Eduardo though, as Turkish clubs Besiktas and Fenerbahce are interested in gaining his services.

They may prove more of a draw for the 31-year old, as Fenerbache were champions last term, with Besiktas third. He could therefore play Champions League or Europa League football respectively for either side, with European football not on the agenda at the Britannia Stadium next season.

Stoke may have to offer a lucrative deal and hope that the lure of the Premier League proves too much for the striker to ignore.

The new brand of silky passing may also tempt him to return to England but it would take some great work from Stoke’s negotiators, with a move to Turkey more likely.

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