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Stoke City clinch new signing

The Potters have confirmed the capture of Jon Walters from Ipswich.

By | 18th August 2010

Stoke City have confirmed the capture of striker Jon Walters from Ipswich Town. The Potters have paid Ipswich an initial fee of £2.75 million as manager Tony Pulis continues to bolster a front line that has already benefited from new signing Kenwyne Jones.

A club statement released to the media confirmed that Walters, a 26 year old Ireland B international, signed a four year contract with Stoke following his move. As part of the deal Ipswich could net a total sum of £3.25 million depending on the player’s appearances with Stoke.

“I have been looking to bring more goals to the squad and Jon certainly fits that bill,” Tony Pulis said after announcing his latest signing.

“He has been one of the outstanding performers in the Championship over the past three years and I am confident the lad can make the same sort of impact in the Premier League now that he has been given this opportunity.

“The fact that he is versatile will increase competition for places in the squad which is something we have been looking to achieve.”

Walters is understandably excited to get going at the Britannia, especially after his mediocre experience in the Premier League with Bolton.

“It’s always good to know that a manager has that faith in your ability and that was certainly an influence on my decision to come here,” said Walters after completing the move.

“I am excited about moving here and it is the fulfilment of a long term goal of mine to get back into the Premier League.

“I had a sniff of it in my time at Bolton, but I knew that in dropping down the leagues, it would take a lot of hard work to get back there one day.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Ipswich, especially being the captain of the club, but this was the opportunity I had been working towards and I’m glad it’s come at a club like Stoke.”

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