Stoke have acquired the services of Swedish international striker John Guidetti on loan until the end of the season.
Guidetti has an impressive goal scoring record, having scored 20 goals in 23 games for Dutch club Feyenoord during a previous loan spell, so the striker will add to the Potters' under-performing strike-force as they head into a tricky run of games with Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Manchester United in the coming weeks.
Stoke manager Mark Hughes knew Guidetti from his time managing Manchester City, and was also able to rush the Stephen Ireland deal through in order to complete the 21-year-old's loan switch to the Britannia Stadium.
Hughes told the club website: “We wanted to try and add different options to our attacking threat and John will certainly do that.
“He’s someone who if you get him in the right areas will make the most of opportunities that come his way because he’s a natural goal-scorer.
“There were several clubs who were interested in taking him on loan and we’re delighted that he has chosen to join us.”
Stoke are currently sitting 12th in the Premier League table, just four points off the relegation zone after 21 games of the season.
And, Hughes will be hoping that Guidetti can add some life to a forward line which has contributed just six goals in the league so far this season. Indeed, their top scorer is currently Charlie Adam.
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