Stoke have completed the signing of Sunderland midfielder Dean Whitehead for an initial fee of £3million, which could rise to £5million.
The 27-year-old, who had been in talks with the Potters for some time and did not fly out to the Algarve with the rest of the Black Cats squad this week, has agreed a four-year contract.
Whitehead, who has ended a five-year spell at the Stadium of Light, will be reunited with former Sunderland team-mates Liam Lawrence, Rory Delap and Danny Higginbotham and another ex-Black Cat in goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen.
He could make his Stoke debut in Saturday's friendly at Preston North End.
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