STOKE CITY have completed their second transfer deadline day signing with Stephen Ireland joining the Club on a season-long loan from Aston Villa.
The 27 year old midfielder follows Austrian international forward Marko Arnautovic to the Britannia Stadium after he completed his move from Werder Bremen in the early hours of the morning.
Ireland’s move to Stoke sees him linking-up with Mark Hughes for the second time in his career having had a highly productive spell under him at Manchester City.
Chief Executive Tony Scholes said: “Stephen is a player that Mark knows really well and when the opportunity arose he was keen to add him to his midfield and attacking options.
“Arguably the most successful period of Stephen’s career to date was when he played for Mark at Manchester City and we hope that he can rediscover that form.”
Ireland made more than 140 league appearances for City before joining Villa in August 2010 in a part-exchange deal that saw James Milner head in the opposite direction.
He has made 45 Premier League appearances for Villa and also had a brief spell on loan with Newcastle.
The Club do not anticipate making any further additions to the squad before the 11pm deadline.