Stoke have confirmed the signing of Wilfried Bony from Manchester City on a season-long loan deal.
Bony has found himself out of favour and is hoping the move to Stoke can revive a career that has stalled since his £28million move to City from Swansea in January last year.
Due to a combination of international call-ups, injuries, illness and poor form, the Ivory Coast forward has not been able to establish himself at the Etihad.
But Bony’s record at Swansea was impressive and Stoke boss Mark Hughes is hopeful of getting the best out of the player.
Hughes told the club’s website 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.”