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Transfer Deadline Day Recap

Marko Arnautovic

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PUBLISHED

11:11 3rd September 2013

A round up of the Club's final day activity

IT WAS another busy day for the Club as the Summer Transfer Window closed at 11.00pm last night.

Whilst manager Mark Hughes had already secured the services of Erik Pieters, Marc Muniesa and Oussama Assaidi, he was keen to add to his squad and made two further additions on the final day.

Austrian international forward Marko Arnautovic arrived from Werder Bremen for an undisclosed fee to sign a four year contract at the Britannia Stadium.

The 24 year old, who can operate on the wing or up front, became the first player to be signed by any team on the day when the deal was announced on our Twitter account @stokecity at just two minutes past midnight.

Midfielder Stephen Ireland then joined him through the door at 5.45pm, with the 27 year old arriving from Aston Villa on a season-long loan.

Ireland’s move to Stoke sees him linking-up with Hughes for the second time in his career having had a highly productive spell under him at Manchester City.

Add in the re-signing of Jermaine Pennant, who stepped off the bench to score the winner at West Ham United at the weekend, and the City boss looks to have assembled a wealth of attacking options.

There were some departures too with several members of the squad heading elsewhere in their quest for regular first team football.

Belgian youth product Florent Cuvelier left the Potteries to sign for League One side Sheffield United for an undisclosed fee, having been unable to break his way into the first team following his arrival from Portsmouth in 2010.

Three players then made late loan switches with Michael Kightly joining Burnley for the season, Ryan Shotton linking up with Wigan Athletic until January and Cameron Jerome switching to Crystal Palace until the summer.

MARKO ARNAUTOVIC
Welcoming Marko - LINK
Arnautovic In Profile - LINK

STEPHEN IRELAND
Stephen Checks In - LINK
Stoke City Player Exclusive Interview - LINK
Ireland's Aim - LINK
Ireland In Profile - LINK

Cuvelier Departs - LINK
Kightly's A Claret - LINK
Shotton Links Up With Wigan - LINK
Jerome Joins Palace - LINK

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