Stoke striker Diouf linked with Bundesliga return

Date published: Thursday 14th January 2016 4:14

Mame Diouf: Set to fill Bas Dost's boots?

Mame Diouf: Forward set to fill Bas Dost's boots?

Stoke City striker Mame Diouf is being targeted by Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, according to multiple reports in Germany.

Wolfsburg are on the hunt for a new striker after top scorer Bas Dost was ruled out for six weeks due to breaking a bone in his foot during the club’s warm-weather winter training camp, and Diouf is widely reported to be on their wish list.

“As things stand now we expect that Bas will require surgery,” said VfL sports director Klaus Allofs.

“Shortly before the injury we had a great chat with Bas and he came out firing on all cylinders. It is a shame this will now be interrupted.

“There were two strikers but now only one so we will do now what we actually did not intend. We will look out and see if there are any opportunities [to sign a replacement].”

Diouf had a fine first season in England following his arrival from Hannover, scoring 11 Premier League goals for the Potters.

However, he hasn’t started a league game for Stoke since the 1-0 win over Aston Villa on October 15.

The injury to Dost may have another knock-on effect for another Premier League club, with reported Newcastle target Nicklas Bendtner now looking far less likely to leave the club this month.

Bendtner had been linked with a loan move to the north east, but it’s as things stand he is the only fit centre forward available to Wolfsburg.

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