Stoke City are targeting Stuttgart striker Vedad Ibisevic as they look to bolster their front line for the new Premier League season, reports The Daily Mail.
The 29-year-old is just returning home after playing in the World Cup for Bosnia and Herzegovina where they were eliminated in the group stage as Argentina and Nigeria progressed into the last 16.
He scored his country's first goal in World Cup history in their opening 2-1 defeat to Messi and the South Americans and despite a 3-1 win against Iran in the final game, they were unable to get through. This was the country's first showing at a World Cup finals.
The Bosnian has been with the German club since 2012 and in 71 appearances he has scored 33 goals, 15 of them from this season. Before this the striker played 1899 Hoffenheim and scored 48 goals in over 100 appearances for the side where he spent five years.
On the international stage, Ibisevic has looked as lethal having found the net 21 times for his country in the seven years at which he has been on duty.
Although he has a fine eye for goal, the number nine will be remembered for striking Augsburg midfielder, Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker, which consequently ruled him out for the following five matches. He is known as a repeat offender for this as he was sent off for a similar incident in the previous season.
However, this fighting spirit might be exactly what Stoke City manager, Mark Hughes is looking for.
Already this summer, the Potters have recruited fellow Bundesliga striker, Mame Biram Diouf - also a former Manchester United and Blackburn Striker. the Senegalese striker left Hannover in favour of the Britannia for a four year deal back in the Premier League. In total, Diouf scored 25 goals for his German league side.
Also joining the striking duo is 21 year old defender, Dionatan Teixeira. The Slovakian Under 21 has joined the Potters for an undisclosed fee from Slovakian side, Banska Bystrica and he joins on a four year contract.
Stuttgart on the other hand have made their own progress on the transfer market having signed Nurnberg winger, Adam Hlousek. The Czech Republic International has joined the club for an undisclosed fee on a four-year contract. After the side failed to keep their top flight status, Hlousek decided to move on with just a year left on his current deal.
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