Diouf unlikely to leave Hannover this summer

Diouf unlikely to leave Hannover

July 22, 2013
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Hannover 96 have no plans to sell Mame Diouf for under €10 million after a proposed move back to the Premier League apparently fell through.

Mame Diouf
GettyImagesMame Diouf has been priced out of a move back to the Premier League this summer.

Diouf, who has moved into the last year of his contract with Hannover, had been linked with a switch to Stoke, German media reports.

At the weekend, several German newspapers claimed that Stoke had offered €7 million plus bonuses for the 25-year-old. But Hannover are holding out for €10 million for a player who has scored 18 goals in 38 Bundesliga games since being signed in January 2012.

Diouf's agent, Jim Solbakken, arrived at Hannover's summer training camp in Austria late on Friday and general manager Dirk Dufner raged: "He did not bring any Stoke offer with him. I don't know what he wants here."

On Monday, however, kicker reported that Hannover had not accepted an official Stoke offer. But Dufner admitted that plans to extend Diouf's contract had been put on hold.

Solbakken then told kicker that it was likely Diouf would not leave during this window. "Mame will not extend his contract before August 31, I am 1000% sure of that. But Mame will stay. He will play for Hannover next season."

Kicker believes that this is mostly down to no other club being willing to meet Hannover's asking price for a player who will be available for a cut-price fee in January with his contract running down.

"We will not start talking about a new deal before the first months of the upcoming year," Solbakken is quoted as saying.

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