Wednesday 11 June 2014
Stoke City have announced the signings of Mame Biram Diouf and Dionatan Teixeira, taking their summer acquisitions to four.
Diouf will join Stoke on a free transfer next month when his contract with German side Hannover 96 expires. He has agreed a four-year deal and is returning to the Barclays Premier League having spent three seasons at Manchester United.
Having joined from Molde in January 2010, the Senegal striker played five times in the Barclays Premier League for United, all as substitute, scoring once. He spent the 2010/11 season on loan at Blackburn Rovers, where he scored three goals from 27 league appearances, before moving to the Bundesliga.
At Hannover the 26-year-old struck 25 goals in 57 league appearances and the Senegalese striker is looking to show fans of the Barclays Premier League a similarly rich vein of form after a disappointing first spell in England.
"This is a chance for me to prove myself in the Premier League," Diouf said in an interview with Stoke City Player. "When I was at Manchester United I didn't get the chance to play many games and went on loan to Blackburn. It didn't go as well as I wanted and I opted for a new experience in Germany.
"I've had two-and-a-half years with Hannover but I feel the time is right to come back to England and hopefully play a lot of games and do well for Stoke City."
The signing of Diouf marked the conclusion of a year's pursuit by Mark Hughes, the Stoke manager.
"Mark Hughes has wanted to sign Mame since he took over as manager last year,” Tony Scholes, the Stoke chief executive, told the club website. "It's no secret that Mame is someone we have been looking to bring to the Club for some time.
“We tried to get him last summer and made another attempt in January, so we're naturally delighted to have finally secured his services. He has been a tremendous success in Germany as his record underlines and he is keen to return to England make an impact in the Premier League. We're pleased to be able to give him the platform to hopefully achieve that ambition."
Stoke paid Banska Bystrica, of the Slovak Super Liga, an undisclosed fee for Teixeira, 21, who was born in Brazil but is a member of the Slovakia Under-21 squad. The 21-year-old has signed a three-year deal at the Britannia Stadium.
"We have been following Dionatan's progress for some time and we're delighted to have secured his services because there's no doubt he's a talented player with a great deal of potential," Scholes said.
The pair join the two recent acquisitions made by Hughes: Phil Bardsley, the Scotland defender who joined on a free transfer from Sunderland, and Steven Sidwell, the midfielder who signed from Fulham.