Steve Sidwell has agreed to sign for Stoke City on a two-year-deal, BBC Sport reports.

The midfielder will move to the Potters on a free transfer following his release from recently-relegated Fulham. His contract with the club will officially start on July 1.

Sidwell was Fulham’s top scorer during the 2013/14 season, and no doubt they will be sad to see him go following their relegation to the Championship.

Concerning Sidwell, Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes said: “Steve was much in demand and we are delighted to have won the rave to secure his signature."

“Like Phil Bardsley, Steve brings great experience to our squad and I’m sure he will prove to be an excellent addition to our squad.”

This isn’t the first time Stoke have expressed an interest in the midfielder, as they reportedly wanted to sign him back in January 2003 before he moved to Reading.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes will be happy with the signing of Sidwell, which comes not long after Sunderland defender Bardsley was also secured with his own contract at the Stadium of Light set to expire shortly.

Last season was a positive one for Stoke, with former Blackburn, Fulham and QPR Hughes managing to successfully implement a change in playing style following the reign of Tony Pulis.

Stoke went on to finish ninth in the Premier League, five points ahead of nearest rivals Newcastle.

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