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Summer Transfer Window: The New Boys

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TRANSFER DEADLINE Day may have been relatively quiet for Stoke City with just two outgoing loan deals concluded, but there was no shortage of activity throughout the summer window.

The Club made no fewer than seven signings, drafting in Darren Fletcher, Maxim Choupo-Moting, Kevin Wimmer, Bruno Martins Indi and Josh Tymon on permanent deals, while Kurt Zouma and Jesé joined on season-long loan deals before the window closed at 11pm yesterday.

Deadline day did bring big news from the Club with skipper Ryan Shawcross extending his 10-year stay at the bet365 Stadium for at least another four years by signing a new contract.

But the only deals finalised yesterday saw Giannelli Imbula and Bojan join Toulouse and Alaves on season-long loan deals respectively, 24 hours after Philipp Wollscheid joined Metz on a three-year deal after his contract with the Potters had been terminated by mutual consent.

Experienced Scottish international Fletcher was the first to player to check in over the course of the summer as he arrived on a free transfer from Black Country rivals West Brom.

The former Manchester United midfielder signed a two-year contract and expressed his delight at joining the Potters: “It’s all happened incredibly quickly, but I am delighted to be here.

“This is a fantastic Club with a top manager and a great group of players and I am really looking forward to this opportunity.

“I loved every moment of my time at West Bromwich Albion and I loved every moment of my time with Manchester United, but this is a new challenge for me now, and I like to think I respond well to new challenges.”

While Fletcher brings vast experience to the City squad, 18-year-old Tymon is just starting out in the professional game – although he got his first taste of life in the Premier League with Hull City last season.

The highly regarded left-back turned down a first professional deal with his hometown club in favour of joining Mark Hughes’ squad in North Staffordshire.

“I am really happy to be a Stoke City player and I’m really excited about getting started here,” he revealed after completing the formalities of his switch.

“As soon as this opportunity presented itself to me, I knew it was one that I wasn't going to be able to turn down.

“There was interest from other clubs but Stoke have put a really good plan together for me and showed tremendous faith in me.”

The Potters beat off strong competition from a host of other clubs to land French international Zouma on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

The defender, who signed a new long-term deal with the Champions before completing his loan move to North Staffordshire, told Stoke City+: “The manager spoke very well and I also spoke to a few of my teammates at Chelsea, who had played here before, and they had many very good things to say.

“They told me that I would be made to feel very welcome here, that I would be looked after and that the group of players here would help me to settle straight in.”

Choupo-Moting was one of the most sought after free agents in Europe but admits he fulfilled a long-standing ambition by signing a three-year contract with the Potters.

The Cameroon international, who has already made a major impact in Germany over the past six years with FSV Mainz 05 and Schalke 04, said: “I am just so happy to join the Stoke City family and have this opportunity to play in the English Premier League for the first time.

“It has always been a goal of mine to one day come over to England and play here, and I was able to make good contact with the Club here and I’m just so happy that the deal is done."

Martins Indi couldn’t hide his delight after returning to the Potteries in a £7million switch from Porto, after a hugely successful loan spell last season.

His switch proved to be a protracted affair but the Dutch central defender finally put pen to paper on a five-year deal, insisting: “I experienced the Premier League last season, and I understand it better now, so hopefully with the help of my teammates I will be a better player this season.”

Two-time Champions League winner Jesé penned a one-year loan deal at the bet365 Stadium after a frustrating season with Paris Saint-Germain.

The Spaniard had plenty of suitors when PSG made it clear he was available, but the former Real Madrid man arrived in England relishing the opportunity facing him.

“I have never had an opportunity like this here so I am very happy to have the chance to show what I can do. I want to work hard and help the team,” he revealed.

“I have chosen Stoke because it is a team that wants to grow and evolve in the Premier League, and to reach the European spots.”

The Potters rounded off their transfer activity by landing Austrian international, Kevin Wimmer from Tottenham in an £18 million deal.

The 24-year-old was another wanted man this summer but admitted: “I am just so happy to be at Stoke now because I really wanted to come here, to a Club with such big tradition, so I feel really good and am very excited about meeting up with everybody and getting ready for the matches ahead.”

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