Stoke City add $9 million ex-Real Madrid striker from Bundesliga

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Mark Hughes has another big target man in his strike force after Stoke City agreed on a $9 million deal to bring over Spanish striker Joselu from Hannover 96.

The 6-foot-3 center forward will join Mame Biram Diouf, Peter Crouch and Bojan Krkic in the Potters attacking unit, with Jonathan Walters out of contract but reportedly hoping to stay around the Britannia Stadium.

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The well-traveled 25-year-old was a prolific scorer for Real Madrid B but had trouble breaking into the La Liga giants’ A-side, scoring in both of his appearances before leaving for Hoffenheim in 2012.

Joselu appeared for three Bundesliga sides in as many years, scoring five times for Hoffenheim, 14 on loan to Eintracht Frankfurt and 10 for Hannover.

From StokeCityFC.com:

“To play in the Premier League has always been an ambition of mine. It is a fantastic league with great clubs, of which Stoke City is certainly one.
“I know there were other teams in Europe who wanted to sign me but once I had spoken to the people at Stoke I knew I wanted to come here and be a part of this club.”

A successful transition to the Premier League for Joselu would be a big aid as Stoke looks to assert itself in both domestic Cup competitions while advancing up the Premier League table.

Diouf, Walters and Crouch scored a total of 27 Premier League goals for Stoke, while Bojan added four in an injury-shortened by hopeful season. If Joselu works well with Bojan, the Potters may’ve just struck goal.