Saturday, 19th November, 2011

Powerful Austrian striker Marc Janko has been linked with English Premier League outfit Stoke City.

The 28-year-old currently turns out in the Eredivisie for FC Twente, having joined the Dutch giants in 2010 from Red Bull Salzburg.

At the time the signing of the Austrian international was hailed as a coup, with the Tukkers shelling out a club-record €5.5M for the striker.

Janko was bought to replace Twente legend Blaise Nkufo, with the Austrian’s power and towering height – Janko is 6ft 5in – believed to be a perfect fit for replacing the Swiss hitman.

However, at Twente Janko at first struggled, failing to convince the club’s faithful that he was worth the large fee dispensed for his services.

Scoring the winning goal in the Dutch Cup final against Ajax though went a long way towards justifying his acquisition, and the hitman would appear perfectly suited to Stoke’s direct style of play.

Whether Janko will be tempted by the idea of a switch to the Potters remains to be seen, but the Austrian is under contract with Twente until 2014, meaning Tony Pulis must make the Dutch side an attractive offer.

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