Stoke City has finalized a season-long loan deal for 27-year-old Ivorian international striker Wilfried Bony from Manchester City.
Bony joined City in January 2015 after a successful spell at fellow Premier League side Swansea City. Bony made 24 league appearances last season, scoring four goals in the process. During his time at Swansea, he found the back of the net 26 times in 54 appearances.
“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,” Stoke City manager Mark Hughes told the club’s official website.
“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.”
Hughes added: “Everybody is aware of Wilfried and what he is capable of, and it was no surprise that one of the bigger clubs came in for him on the back of his performances for Swansea – the only surprise has been that he didn’t enjoy the success with Manchester City that we all thought he would.”
Bony has been capped 44 times by the Ivorian national team, scoring 13 times. He was part of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations side that went on to win the tournament.
Stoke sits in last place in the Premier League table after three games after one draw and two losses.