Stoke chairman pleased with new signings

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Stoke City chairman Peter Coates says he is happy with the club's two deadline day signings, midfielder Steven Ireland and striker Marko Arnautovic. 

Potters boss Mark Hughes helped seal the late deals on Monday evening after a hectic day of transfers and loans came to an end. 

Coates obviously very pleased with the last-minute deals. He told The Sentinel: "They are both talented payers and are joining a club that will hopefully bring the best out of them."

Former Manchester City manager Hughes knows Ireland from their days at the Etihad Stadium and the Stoke chairman believes the move will help the former Aston Villa man turn his career around. 

"His career seems to have gone in the wrong direction of late, but Mark knows the guy well and he certainly has a good pedigree as a player." 

24-year-old Arnautovic has joined from Bundesliga side Werder Bremen for a fee believed to be in the region of £2 million. The striker is an Austrian international and scored 14 goals in 72 appearances for his previous club. 

On Arnautovic, Coates added: "Mark has been out to see the striker in Germany and likes him. He's got a bit of a chequered history on the personal side, but he is coming to a club with a squad of good professionals and that should be good for him." 

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