Stoke have signed Aston Villa striker John Carew on loan until the end of the season.
The 31-year-old striker underwent a medical at the Britannia Stadium on Thursday and has now agreed terms on his switch.
With first-team opportunities set to be limited under Gerard Houllier following the arrival of record signing Darren Bent, Carew has welcomed the chance to link up with Tony Pulis at Stoke.
The Potters boss is also pleased to have acquired the services of an experienced forward and could hand him an immediate debut against Fulham on Saturday.
“This is a fantastic signing,” Pulis told the club’s official website.
“John’s record speaks for itself because he has scored goals at the highest level throughout his career.
“As well as all the experience he has gained at international level, he has played for some top, top clubs across Europe and performed in the Champions League for many seasons, including an appearance in the final for Valencia.
“On top of that, he was Aston Villa’s leading scorer last season with 17 goals, so we have acquired a striker with outstanding pedigree.”