Former Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf could be set for a shock return to the Premier League amid reported interest from Stoke City and Cardiff City.
According to talkSPORT, the Hannover ace will leave Germany at the end of the season after talks over a new contract to extend his stay with Tayfun Korkut's side broke down.
The 26-year-old has scored eight goals in 19 Bundesliga appearances this season, but looks likely to leave the HDI-Arena on a free transfer.
"His agent has insisted we should not have any hopes on signing a new contract with Mame Biram Diouf, so that's what we are going to do!" confirmed Hannover chairman Martin Kind in an interview with the Neue Presse Hannover.
Potters boss Mark Hughes has been linked with a bid to bring the Senegalese star to the Britannia Stadium, and will press ahead with negotiations in the coming weeks.
However, Stoke could face competition for Diouf's signature from Cardiff, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also monitoring the situation closely, with a view to making an offer of his own for the former Molde player.
Diouf has already had one brief spell playing in England, when he moved to Old Trafford in 2009, but after managing just five first-team appearances for Manchester United he joined Hannover on a two-year deal in January 2012.
During his time in Germany, the former Red Devils striker has scored 26 goals in 57 Bundesliga matches, successfully recapturing the sort of form that prompted Sir Alex Ferguson to sign him in the first place.
A move to Cardiff City will ultimately depend on whether or not Solskjaer can keep the Bluebirds in the Premier League. Failure to do so will clear the path for Stoke to secure Diouf's services.
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