Bony joins Stoke on loan from Citizens

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Stoke City have announced the signing of Ivory Coast international Wilfried Bony on a one-year loan deal from Premier League rivals Manchester City.

The forward has made just 15 Premier League starts for City since joining the club from Swansea City in a £28 million deal in January 2015.

The Ivory Coast international had not featured at all under City manager Pep Guardiola, and has now joined the Potters on loan for 2016/17.

The 27-year-old scored just six league goals for the Citizens and will no doubt hope to be more prolific for Stoke.

Bony is a proven goalscorer in the English top flight, having hit 26 goals in 54 appearances for Swansea over the course of two seasons. Nonetheless, Stoke boss Mark Hughes believes the player has strengths that can only benefit his side.

He told the club's official website: "Bringing Wilfried in was a no-brainer for us. He has power, speed and very good physical attributes." 

The Bingerville-born star has three years left on his contract at the Etihad Stadium, and it's not known if Stoke have the option to make his move permanent at the end of the current campaign.