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Stoke boss Hughes delighted with Choupo-Moting deal: I wanted him at Blackburn!

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is delighted with their swoop for free agent Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

Hughes admits he's following the former Schalke striker for several years.

He said: "He is a player who has been on my radar for quite some time now, in fact it was when he played for Hamburg I first saw him and took note of how good a player he was.

"I was manager at Manchester City, I think, or Blackburn Rovers, at the time and I just remember him making an impression in the game."

Hughes, who was speaking to the club, added: "He is a talented guy who has good pace, power and real presence too. I really believe the supporters will enjoy watching him play.

"We actually tried to bring him here a couple of windows ago, but for whatever reason we weren't able to get the deal done, but thankfully we have been able to do so this time, and I am delighted."

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