Wilfried Bony joins Stoke City on a season-long loan

Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony has joined Stoke City on loan for the rest of the season.

Bony – a £28m signing from Swansea in January 2015 – was at Stoke’s training ground on Wednesday morning ahead of agreeing to join Mark Hughes’ side.

The Ivory Coast international, down the striking pecking order at the Etihad, tweeted: “It’s a new day & I look forward to a new exciting challenge.

Hughes told the club website: “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.

“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.”

“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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