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Double Swoop Makes It Four

Mame Biram Diouf

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14:55 11th June 2014

Diouf and Teixeira join Bardsley and Sidwell at the Britannia Stadium

STOKE CITY have taken their tally of close season signings to four by landing Mame Biram Diouf and Dionatan Teixeira.

Striker Diouf will move to the Britannia Stadium from July 1 when his contract with German side Hannover 96 expires, while the Potters have paid an undisclosed fee to Banska Bystrica for central defender Teixeira.

They join Phil Bardsley and Steve Sidwell in checking-in at the Britannia Stadium ahead of the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season.

Diouf, who has agreed a four-year contract, is no stranger to English football having spent three years with Manchester United earlier in his career, which also included a loan spell with Blackburn.

The Senegalese international joined Hannover in 2012 and has proved to be a big hit in the Bundesliga, scoring 25 goals in 57 league appearances.

City Chief Executive Tony Scholes said: "It's no secret that Mame is someone we have been looking to bring to the Club for some time.

"Mark Hughes has wanted to sign Mame since he took over as manager last year. We tried to get him last summer and made another attempt in January, so we're naturally delighted to have finally secured his services.

"He has been a tremendous success in Germany as his record underlines and he is keen to return to England make an impact in the Premier League. We're pleased to be able to give him the platform to hopefully achieve that ambition.

"Mark is looking forward to working with Mame, who is himself excited about the prospect of linking up with rest of the squad in July."

Teixeira, who was born in Brazil but is a current member of the Slovak Under-21 squad, has made 29 league appearances for Banska Bystrica in the Slovak Super Liga.

The imposing 6'4" defender has signed a three-year contract and is relishing the opportunity to test himself in the Premier League as a member of Mark Hughes' first team squad.

Scholes added: "We have been following Dionatan's progress for some time and we're delighted to have secured his services because there's no doubt he's a talented player with a great deal of potential."

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