Friday, 22nd July, 2011

Stoke City have targeted former Liverpool midfielder Mohamed Sissoko, but will face opposition from Bundesliga outfit Hamburg for the Mali international’s signature.

Juventus are ready to allow Sissoko to cut short his Serie A adventure, however only for the right price and an auction between The Potters and Hamburg will undoubtedly be encouraged in Turin.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis is thought to have been attracted to the prospect of a move for the former Liverpool midfielder due to his experience of playing in the English Premier League combined with European know-how which his squad, with a Europa League campaign ahead, lack.

Sissoko headed to Juventus in 2008 after a three-year spell at Anfield. The 26-year-old had previously turned out for Auxerre in France and La Liga side Valencia.

Hamburg will offer Stoke stiff competition for Sissoko though, with the Bundesliga side counting on the defensive midfielder’s desire to move to a side ready to challenge at the top of their domestic league.

The northern German side have been strengthening considerably this summer, with ex-Chelsea sporting director Frank Arnesen raiding his former club for several little-known reserve team players.

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