Stoke set to complete signing of Sunderland defender

Stoke City are on the verge of signing right back Phil Bardsley from Sunderland, according to Sky Sports.

The defender is understood to have undergone a medical at the Britannia Stadium, and is set to become Mark Hughes’ first signing of the summer.

Bardsley is one of Sunderland’s longest serving players, and was a key player as Gus Poyet guided the black cats to safety and a Carling Cup final last season.

However, he has turned down the offer of a new deal at the Stadium of Light, with the former Scotland international finalising his move to the Britannia.

Bardsley found himself frozen out at the start of the season under Paolo Di Canio, but was restored to the starting line up under Poyet, and went on to play a key part in the clubs great escape during the final months of the season.

Poyet had been eager to retain the services of the 28-year-old, who helped Sunderland to eventually finish in 14th position in the Premier League, four points clear of safety.

However it looks as though Mark Hughes has tempted him to join his Stoke City side, who managed an impressive ninth place finish last season.


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