STOKE CITY are delighted to announce the signing of Wilfried Bony on a season-long loan from Manchester City.
The Ivory Coast international arrives at the bet365 Stadium with a reputation of being one of European footballs most prolific frontmen - netting 130 goals in just 278 career appearances.
Whilst the vast majority of those goals have been scored on the continent he boasts tremendous Premier League pedigree too, having averaged almost a goal every other game for Swansea City.
That prompted the Citizens to conclude a £28M deal to sign the powerful striker last January, although he struggled for regular game-time at the Etihad Stadium due to the form of Sergio Aguero.
Moments after completing the deal, Mark Hughes told stokecityfc.com: “Bringing Wilfried in was a no-brainer for us to be perfectly honest, because he knows the Premier League and has scored plenty of goals at this level.
“He has power, speed and very good physical attributes which will undoubtedly help us, and his technical and finishing skills are outstanding too.
“Eighteen months ago he was being bought for a hugely significant amount of money, so we know that we are bringing in a top quality striker."
He added: “Everybody is aware of Wilfried and what he is capable of, and it was no surprise that one of the bigger clubs came in for him on the back of his performances for Swansea - the only surprise has been that he didn’t enjoy the success with Manchester City that we all thought he would.”