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Sidibe Completes Loan Switch

STOKE CITY have today given Mali international striker Mamady Sidibe the green light to join League One promotion hopefuls Tranmere Rovers on a two-month loan deal.

The 32-year-old Mali international, who enjoyed a similar spell with Sheffield Wednesday earlier this season, is eligible to feature for Ronnie Moore's side in their forthcoming league encounters, starting against Colchester United on Saturday.

Sidibe has yet to feature in the Barclays Premier League for the Potters this season having fallen down the pecking order following a succession of injuries, although Pulis still admits to being sad to see him leave.

"In many ways I am sad to see him go out of the door because he is such a fantastic person to have around the place, and I will personally miss him, just as the other lads here will too," the City boss toldĀ

"I'm surprised that nobody has come in for Mama before now, because he is such a fantastic lad.

"He is fit and raring to go again, and this move is a fantastic one for him, whereby he can go out and play some regular football for a very good football club."

Provisions have also been set to allow the striker to remain at Prenton Park for the League One play-offs in May should Tranmere qualify.

He becomes the Club's sixth player to depart the Britannia Stadium on loan, following in the footsteps of Jack Butland (Birmingham City), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor), Matthew Upson (Brighton & Hove Albion), Rory Delap (Barnsley) and Matthew Lund (Southend United).

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