Mark Hughes wants to bring the former Manchester United striker back to England.
Stoke will have to fork out £17 million if they want to sign former Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf from Hannover.
New boss Mark Hughes is keen to bolster his striking options at the Britannia Stadium before the transfer window shuts on September 2 and has made Diouf his main transfer target after watching him score 18 times in the Bundesliga last season.
The 25-year-old played just nine times during a three-year spell with United but has shone since he moved to the AWD-Arena in Janaury 2012, notching 28 goals in just over 50 games, enticing interest from the Potters.
However, Hughes hopes of persuading Die Roten into selling their prized asset have been dealt a serious blow after club president Martin Kind revealed he will have to break the bank to land the Senegal international.
“If Stoke City proposes £17m, then we can start thinking, [but the transfer] is not very realistic,” he is quoted by talkSPORT as saying to Eurosport France.
What Stoke have offered thus far is thought to have fallen well short of Hannover’s asking price for Diouf, who also spent the 2010/11 season on loan at Blackburn during his time in England.