Stoke face Turkish opposition as they bid to land ex-Arsenal striker

Stoke City are continuing to shrug off a reputation for unattractive football, and the Potters have made signing a striker their number one priority this summer, reports talkSPORT. Mark Hughes is thought to be especially keen on Shakhtar Donetsk star, Eduardo.

The former Arsenal forward has scored 24 league goals over the past four years in the Ukraine, but he could be on his way out of Donetsk this summer. There are thought to be a range of clubs monitoring him including Stoke City, however, so the Britannia Stadium will face tough opposition if they are to get their man.

Primarily, interest is coming from Turkey, with both Besiktas and Fenerbahce emerging as potential suitors. Besiktas are looking to recruit ahead of next season in order to better a disappointing 3rd place in the last campaign, whilst Fenerbahce are looking to strengthen in order to defend their Super Lig crown.

From a Stoke City perspective, the Brazil-born Croatian international would represent a further indication of the club’s commitment to an attacking, entertaining style of play. For Arsenal, Eduardo did not prove the most prolific of forwards, although he was notoriously sidelined for months following a horrific leg break, but he was an encouraging prospect.

In 3 years at the North London club, the striker made 41 appearances and scored 7 goals. He was never given top billing for Arsene Wenger’s men, however, and he could stand to receive that at Stoke.

Updated: July 5, 2014 — 10:05 am
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