Krkic close to Alavés loan move

Ex-Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic is set to return to LaLiga by joining Basque club Deportivo Alavés on a season-long loan deal.

Krkic close to Alavés loan move
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LaLiga club Deportivo Alavés are thought to be very close to completing a season-long loan move for Stoke City's former Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic.

It is understood that the 27-year-old, capped once by Spain, will arrive from the Premier League outfit in a deal not including a purchase option.

Krkic: spent second half of last season at Mainz

After falling down the pecking order at Stoke, Krkic spent the second half of 2016/17 at Bundesliga side Mainz 05, scoring once in 11 appearances in Germany.

Krkic (left) was loaned out to Mainz last season.

The switch will see Krkic return to Spanish football after a seven-year absence, having also had spells at Roma, AC Milan, and Ajax.

He joined Stoke in summer 2014, netting 15 goals in 62 games for the Potters.