Wilfried Bony joins Stoke on season-long loan

Mark Hughes described the signing as a "no-brainer"

BY Cian Roche 13:17 Wednesday 31 August 2016, 13:17 31 Aug 2016

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Stoke City have completed the signing of Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony on a season-long loan.

The 27-year-old has made just 15 Premier League starts for the City since joining in January 2015. The Ivory Coast international scored six times during his time with the club, hardly justifying his £28m price tag.

"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 boss 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."

He 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."

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