Stoke complete double signing

Stoke have completed the signing of midfielder Stephen Ireland from Aston Villa, whilst Manchester City starlet John Guidetti has joined the club on loan, according to talkSPORT.

Ireland had been on a season long loan from Aston Villa, but has now penned a permanent deal with Mark Hughes side.

“Stephen is a talented footballer and has shown what he’s capable of since he joined us. We’re delighted to have made his switch a permanent arrangement as it also gives us the opportunity to bring in another player on loan if necessary,” said Hughes.

Manchester City youngster Guidetti has agreed a loan move until the end of the season, as he hopes to make an impression in the Premier League.

The 21-year-old is highly rated, although his career has been hampered by injuries and illness in recent years.

“We wanted to try and add different options to our attacking threat and John will certainly do that,” Hughes added.

“He’s someone who if you get him in the right areas will make the most of opportunities that come his way because he’s a natural goal-scorer. There were several clubs who were interested in taking him on loan and we’re delighted that he has chosen to join us.”

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