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Sights Set On Stoke Star

Diego Arismendi was brought to the Premier League by Tony Pulis’ South American scout network in 2009 and the Uruguayan has been hitting the right notes ever since. Unless, that is, you are Dr Muhammad Khan, the plastic surgeon that was forced to vacate his two-bedroom flat underneath Diego’s lodgings because of the footballer’s relentless partying.

Now, reports are suggesting that Arismendi could also be soon vacating the premises for an English title contender.

The 22-year-old party animal has thus far only made two appearances for Stoke, both of them coming in the Carling Cup. But, according to Pulis, his absence from the senior side in the Premier League is just a result of the South American’s acclimatisation to the heat of English football.

A stint in the reserves has helped him become acquainted with the pace of the English game; the midfielder has looked lively in several games and made news by scoring an injury time winner against Chelsea.

In addition to his games for the reserve side, the Uruguayan has joined fellow compatriot Gus Poyet at Brighton. The youngster managed to force his way into the first team and enjoyed six matches at the club before being unfortunately sent off in his final game for the Seagulls.

Arismendi has already made a couple of appearances for his country. He made his debut in a friendly against Norway in 2008 before appearing in a World Cup qualifier against Bolivia.

Arriving from Club Nacional for a fee of £2.6m (which could rise to £4.4m), the South American has now reportedly attracted the attention of Premier League heavy-weights Arsenal and Manchester City. With Stoke City set to withdraw from the Premier Reserve League next season, both sides have been closely watching his progression and could be more than willing to add to it should Pulis be convinced to let him go.

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