Stoke City Sign Stephen Ireland & John Guidetti as Mark Hughes Strengthens Potters Squad

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Potters made a double swoop in the January window. 

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Stoke City have turned Stephen Ireland’s loan deal into a permanent contract at the Britannia, as well as also taking promising young Manchester City striker John Guidetti on loan until the end of the season, according to reports on BBC Sport Online.

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The former Republic of Ireland international has been with the Potters since the beginning if the campaign, featuring in 16 matches for the club so far, with head coach Mark Hughes delighted to be able to now land Ireland on a permanent deal having also worked with the midfielder during their time together at Eastlands.

“Stephen is a talented footballer and has shown what he’s capable of since he joined us,” Hughes told the club’s website.

“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.”

Meanwhile, Guidetti moves to Stoke on a six-month loan deal until next summer, with Hughes equally delighted by the Dutchman’s arrival.

“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,” said Hughes.

“There were several clubs who were interested in taking him on loan and we’re delighted that he has chosen to join us.”