Official: Manchester City's Wilfried Bony joins Stoke City on loan

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Manchester, Aug 31: Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony has officially joined English Premier League giants Stoke City on loan.

Both Manchester City and Stoke City confirmed the deal on Twitter as well as on their official website.

Wilfried Bony in action for Manchester City (Image courtesy: Manchester City twitter handle)

Manchester City's tweet read:

Stoke City's tweet read: 

Stoke City's official statement read: "STOKE CITY are delighted to announce the signing of Wilfried Bony on a season-long loan from Manchester City."

After roping in the striker for a one-year loan deal, Stoke boss Mark Hughes said: "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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