Stoke City F.C. have completed the signings of Dionatan Teixeira and Mame Biram Diouf, who will join Phil Bardsley and Steve Sidwell at the Britannia Stadium on 1 July.
The highly-rated Senegalese hitman bagged eight goals and three assists in 19 Bundesliga matches for Hannover 96 last term and was linked with a return to England’s top-flight in January, with now-relegated Cardiff City reportedly interested in the player.
“It’s no secret that Mame is someone we have been looking to bring to the Club for some time,” Stoke City Chief Executive Tony Scholes told the club’s official website, stokecityfc.com.
“Mark Hughes has wanted to sign Mame since he took over as manager last year. 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.
“Mark is looking forward to working with Mame, who is himself excited about the prospect of linking up with rest of the squad in July.”
Meanwhile, Brazilian-born centre-back Dionatan Teixeira has signed for Stoke, from Slovakian outfit Banska Bystrica, after enjoying a trial at the club.
The Slovakia Under-21 international, who stands at 6′ 4”, also spent time on trial at Reading but has opted to join the Potters, and understandably so.
“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,” added Scholes.
Leeds interested in Chuks Aneke
Sky Bet Championship side Leeds United are reportedly keen on Arsenal starlet Chuks Aneke, whose current deal at the Emirates Stadium is due to expire at the end of this month.
Aneke, 20, is fresh off a tremendous 2013/14 campaign with League One side Crewe Alexandra in which he bagged 14 goals in 40 league appearances.
Crewe are interested in signing the England youth international, who has also spent time on loan at Preston North End adn Stevenage, to a permanent deal but will surely face stiff competition from clubs in the Championship.
If Leeds are able to agree personal terms with Aneke, the player could join as soon as 1 July on a free transfer.