Stoke have signed defender Danny Collins from Sunderland for a fee of £2.75m.
“Danny has been Sunderland’s player of the year for the past two seasons which speaks volumes for the impact he has had at that level,” said Stoke boss Tony Pulis. “He can play at left back or centre half which gives us further options along the back four.”
The Wales defender, who has won six international caps, joins new signings Robert Huth, Dean Whitehead, Tuncay and Diego Arismendi at Stoke.
“One of the great things about this move is that I will have some familiar faces around me with so many ex-Sunderland players already here,” said Collins. “The club even plays in red and white stripes as well.
“All this has happened so quickly because only a few weeks ago I was captaining the Sunderland side in their pre-season friendlies, but Steve Bruce made it clear that he was going to bring in new faces and he couldn’t guarantee me a place.”
The 29-year-old, whose fee could rise to £3.5m, follows Uruguayan Diego Arismendi, Robert Huth, Tuncay and Dean Whitehead into the Britannia Stadium. Stoke’s spending now exceeds £18m for the summer.