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OFFICIAL club website of stoke city

Welcoming Marko

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STOKE CITY have completed their fourth signing of the summer by landing Austrian international Marko Arnautovic from Werder Bremen for an undisclosed fee.

The 24 year old forward has signed a four-year contract and follows Erik Pieters, Marc Muniesa and Oussama Assaidi in checking-in at the Britannia Stadium during this transfer window.

Arnautovic, who can operate either as a winger or striker, has scored 14 goals in 72 Bundesliga appearances for Bremen.

Manager Mark Hughes said: "Marko is a player we have been aware of for some time and I'm really pleased we have been able to add him to our squad.

"He has played at the highest level in Holland, Italy and Germany and is keen to make his mark in England with Stoke City."

Chief Executive Tony Scholes said: "We're delighted to have added another front man to our squad following on from the signing of winger Oussama Asaidi on a season-long loan from Liverpool last week."

Arnautovic launched his career in Holland with FC Twente, for whom he scored 12 goals in 44 league appearances. He also had a spell on loan with Italian giants Inter Milan, where he made three appearances. 

He joined Bremen in June 2010 and two years later scored an impressive hat-trick in away win over Hoffenheim.

Arnautovic has been capped 27 times by Austria and has scored seven goals for his country.

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