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Transfer news: Burkina Faso midfielder Jonathan Pitroipa close to completing loan move to Stoke City

The 27-year-old set to join the Potters from Rennes

Burkina Faso midfielder Jonathan Pitroipa is on his way to England to complete a loan move to Stoke City.

The 27-year-old has been given permission by French club Rennes to discuss terms with Mark Hughes’s side. Pitroipa can play on either flank in central midfield and won the African Nations player of the tournament in 2013.

The Potters have already reached their allocation of two domestic loans with Oussama Assaidi from Liverpool and John Guidetti from Manchester City but will be able to make the switch for Pitroipa as they have no restrictions on their overseas allocation.

The former Freiburg and Hamburg player has made 20 appearances this season for Rennes having first arrived in the Bundesliga in 2004. He moved to Rennes in 2011 but has only one year left on his contract.

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Stoke boss Mark Hughes could make a move to sign him permanently at the end of the season having been rebuffed in his attempt to sign Tom Ince on a permanent deal from Blackpool.