Transfer news: Stoke City to make surprise move for Ivica Olic - reports

Croatian veteran reportedly on Mark Hughes' radar

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Stoke City are reportedly interested in a surprise move for Croatian forward Ivica Olic.

The 34-year-old is out of contract in June and Mark Hughes is said to be interested in bringing him in to improve his side's goal scoring record, having seen Stoke score only 15 times in the league this season.

Olic has scored seven league goals for Wolfsburg this campaign and is hugely experienced with 89 caps for Croatia and 16 goals.

He is a multiple league winner as well, having claimed the title with NK Zagreb, Dinamo Zagreb, CSKA Moscow and Bayern Munich.

Olic apparently wants to resolve his future by February and Stoke are prepared to wait until they are allowed to submit a formal contract offer.

However if they do they may well face competition from Hamburg, one of Olic's former clubs, who are also reportedly keen on securing the striker.