Stoke land £2.5 million defender from Reading: Should help them score goals and stop the opposition from doing so

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Fair play to the Potters, they’re spending plenty of cash to make sure that they’re not playing Championship football next season. They have already raided Reading once to bring in Dave Kitson for £5.5 million, and now they have boosted the coffers at the Madejski Stadium further by signing this imposing central defender.

The BBC report that Ibrahima Sonko has arrived at the Britannia Stadium ahead of Stoke’s match at Middlesbrough for a reported fee of £2.5 million. City fans will be heartened by yet another defensive arrival, although where does this leave the Royals in their attempt to gain promotion?

Reading defender Ibrahima Sonko has joined Premier League new boys Stoke City for £2.5m, BBC Sport understands.

Sonko will fight it out with Abdoulaye Faye, Leon Cort and Ryan Shawcross for a place in the Stoke central defence and it’s clear that Tony Pulis is looking to create competition for first XI positions. Last Saturday’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa proved that the Potters can compete at the top level, although they have shipped five goals in two league matches and need to be tighter at the back if they’re to survive.

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