Done Deal: Stoke Snap Up Sunderland Defender Phil Bardsley

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Potters make first signing of the summer.

Stoke City have wrapped up their first transfer deal of the summer by landing Sunderland full-back Phil Bardsley on a three-year deal, Sky Sports reports.

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Bardsley decided not to extend his lengthy Black Cats stay and will officially join the Potters on July 1 after his deal expires at the Stadium of Light.

The Scotland international has been with Sunderland since 2008, when he joined from Manchester United. And he leaves the club having made 200 appearances and scoring 11 goals.

He leaves the club on a high after helping the side achieve a dramatic escape from relegation, but only after a difficult start to the campaign that saw him frozen out of the squad by then manager Paolo Di Canio.

However, Gus Poyet restored him to the side, and the 28-year-old was a regular in the side as Sunderland mounted a late survival push, eventually finishing in 14th place, four points clear of the drop-zone.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes spoke of his delight at signing Bardsley by saying: “I’m really pleased to bring Phil in to the club.

“He’s a player of great Premier League experience who I think will bring added quality to the squad.

“He has plenty of qualities that will improve us and help move the football club forward to where we want to be.

“Phil was genuinely excited to join and I’m delighted to bring him in as his personality and desire will shine in the dressing room.”

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