Stoke City have completed their fourth major signing of the summer after former Shalke winger Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting put pen to paper on a three-year year-contract today.
The 28 year-old German-born Cameroon international arrives on a free after falling out of contract in the Bundesliga and could be seen as a replacement for Marko Arnautovic and/or Jon Walters because of his versatility out wide and through the middle.
“Eric has been on our radar for several years,” said Stoke’s chief executive Tony Scholes, “and we actually tried to bring him to the Club four years ago. The competition to sign him this summer was particularly intense with clubs across Europe wanting him.
“The competition to sign him this summer was particularly intense with clubs across Europe wanting him.
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“We are understandably thrilled to have secured his signature and Eric is excited about the prospect of playing in the Premier League.”
Choupo-Moting was born in Hamburg of a Cameroonian father and German mother.
His club career began professionally with Nuremburg between 2009 and 2010 before moving back home to join SV Hamburg.
He only spent one season there and played just a handful of games, however, before switching to Mainz in the summer of 2011.
Stoke’s new signing in action for Shalke in the Bundesliga last season
There he scored one goal in just about three appearances after netting 20 in some 46 starts and 28 sub appearances over the next three seasons.
After falling out of contract he moved on a free to Shalke 04 in the summer of 2014 and signed a three-year contract.
He would play more than 100 times and score 22 goals for Shalke in his three years there – and last season he featured in 30 games, including five in the Europa League, scoring three times.
His international career began with his native Germany as Choupo-Moting appeared for their under-19 and under-21 teams.
But he made the decision to utilise his father’s nationality to play for Cameroon in senior internationals and since his debut in 2010 he has played more than 40 times for his adopted country, including the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa