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Potters Land Peter

STOKE CITY have completed the signing of striker Peter Odemwingie from Cardiff City in a player-exchange deal that has seen Kenwyne Jones move in the opposite direction.

The Nigerian international has signed an 18 month contract with the Potters and is the Club's third signing of the January transfer window after Stephen Ireland's loan from Aston Villa was made permanent and John Gudietti checked-in on loan from Manchester City.

The formalities of Odemwingie's switch were completed today and Mark Hughes is hopeful of including him in his squad for tomorrow's Premier League encounter with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Odemwingie joined Cardiff from West Bromwich Albion in September of last year and has scored twice in 17 league and cup appearances for the South Wales outfit.

After spells in Nigerian, Belgian, French and Russian football, the 32-year-old shot to prominence in this country with West Brom, scoring 30 goals in 87 top flight appearances for the Baggies.

Odemwingie has been capped 55 times by his country and has scored nine goals in senior international football.

City manager Mark Hughes said: "We're delighted to have signed Peter. Things haven't perhaps gone as well for him at Cardiff as he would have hoped and he's really keen to start afresh with us.

"He has a good goal-scoring record in the Premier League and will bring a different dimension to our attacking options. I've no doubts he will prove to be an excellent addition to our squad."

Chief Executive Tony Scholes said: "We were interested in signing Peter last summer when he left West Brom but we're really pleased to have finally secured his services."

The Potters, meanwhile, would like to thank Jones for his service to the Club during his spell at the Britannia Stadium and wish him good luck for the future.

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