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McClean Becomes A Potter

James McClean

STOKE CITY have completed the signing of James McClean from West Bromwich Albion, making him the Club's fourth arrival of the summer transfer window.

The Potters have paid an initial £5million for the 29-year-old Republic of Ireland winger, although the fee could rise to £6million with add-ons.

McClean has signed a four-year contract and follows Peter Etebo, Benik Afobe and Adam Federici in checking-in at the bet365 Stadium ahead of the 2018-19 season.

Manager Gary Rowett said: "James is a player I've admired for a long time. He has real quality with his left foot and he's an old fashioned winger in so much that he retains width and gives teams balance.

"Every time I've watched him play I've always been impressed by how hard he worked - he's a team player who shows real desire to help his teammates out and run for the team.

"I've spoken to lads who have played with him before, the likes of Darren Fletcher, and they have all said that he's a great guy to have around the dressing room and he's really, really popular with his teammates."

Chief Executive Tony Scholes added: "Gary indicated very early on in our discussions over transfers that James was a player he wanted to bring to the Club and we're pleased to have added a player of genuine quality to our squad.”

McClean, who has been capped 59 times by the Republic, has made more than 350 career appearances - almost half of which have come in the Premier League with Sunderland and West Brom. He has also served Wigan.

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