Stoke not giving up on Diouf
Mark Hughes is continuing his efforts to give Mame Biram Diouf a second chance in the Premier League with Stoke City.
The Stoke manager remains in discussions with Hannover over the possible signing of the former Manchester United striker, but is refusing to meet the Bundesliga club's £6.9 million valuation.
Stoke have been encouraged by the fact Hannover have confirmed they are looking for a replacement for the Senegal international and are hopeful they can reach a compromise.
The Premier League club are understood to be willing to pay around half Hannover's asking price for the 25-year-old, who scored 18 times in 36 games last season.
Stoke chairman Peter Coates has confirmed his club's interest in the player, but feels Hannover are being unrealistic in their transfer demands for a player who is about to enter the final year of his contract.
Sources close to Diouf claim the striker is keen for a return to the Premier League, following a disappointing three-year stay at Old Trafford from 2009, which resulted in just five appearances under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Hannover director Dirk Dufner had previously claimed the club were doing all they can to keep the striker who signed a two-year deal in 2012.
Now Dufner has admitted Hannover are preparing for the departure of Diouf and are sifting through a long list of potential replacements.
Dufner told German newspaper Bild: "It's clear that we are dealing with it in the event that Mame goes. In our list there are 15 or 20 names.
"I will not comment on names just to say that the search for a striker is not so easy. If you bring in one for Diouf he has to work immediately and score goals.
"Our best case scenario would be Mame extending his stay with us. Let's wait and see how he thinks about it in September."