Bundesliga side Hannover have confirmed they expect to lose star forward Mame Biram Diouf at the end of the campaign.
The Sengalese striker will be out of contract in June and he has opted against signing a new deal with the 96ers.
Hannover president Martin Kind has admitted he has been informed by the player’s agent that his client will be leaving in the summer.
“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,” Kind told Neue Presse Hannover.
The 26-year-old is heavily linked with the return to English Premier League, with Stoke reportedly leading the chase for his signature.
Diouf first moved to England as he signed for Manchester United in January 2010 following a very successful spell with Molde.
He, however, failed to make the grade at Old Trafford and was allowed to leave on free despite showing some promise during a loan spell with Blackburn Rovers.
Diouf has since managed to kick-start his career in Germany, and went on to score 26 goals in 57 Bundesliga games for Hannover.