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Stoke City resist interest in £15m-rated striker as Premier League club eye raid



Leicester City have been knocked back in their attempts to sign Mame Biram Diouf, according to reports.

According to The Sun, Stoke City have rejected a bid from Leicester for Diouf because the Premier League side did not meet their £15m valuation.

Leicester have wanted Diouf for a few transfer windows now and they were hoping that the lure of Premier League football would convince him to switch allegiances this summer.

The Senegal international has been at Stoke since joining from Hannover 96 in 2014.

In his three seasons, the 30-year-old has netted 24 goals in 133 appearances, including six Premier League goals last term as the Potters were relegated to the Championship.

Leicester are hoping that he can bolster their options up front but they have to spend £15m to land their striker target.

Diouf was an unused substitute in Stoke’s opening game against Leeds United, which they lost 3-1.

The Verdict

Diouf has been far from prolific in the top flight over the past few seasons and his erratic displays have annoyed Stoke fans.

He is not worth anywhere near £15m, given his lack of goals, his inconsistency and his age.

With other strikers like Benik Afobe, Peter Crouch, Bojan Krkic, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Saido Berahino on their books, Stoke could afford to sell him for about half their asking price.

Stoke fans – What do you make of this? Let us know below…

NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Stoke City resist interest in £15m-rated striker as Premier League club eye raid

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