Date: 23rd July 2018 at 9:00am
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Yesterday evening Stoke City confirmed that West Bromwich Albion’s James McClean had undergone a medical and would soon complete a permanent transfer to the club.

That news was then confirmed a short period of time later and the 29-year-old Republic of Ireland international has now joined the club for an initial payment of £5million but with add-ons, the deal could rise to £6million.

He becomes Gary Rowett’s fourth addition to the first-team squad of the summer following the arrivals of Peter Etebo, Benik Afobe and Adam Federici, and he has put pen to paper on a four-year deal.

Speaking to the Official Website as his signing was announced, Rowett was clearly pleased with his capture.

“James is a player I’ve admired for a long time. He has real quality with his left foot and he’s an old fashioned winger in so much that he retains width and gives teams balance. Every time I’ve watched him play I’ve always been impressed by how hard he worked – he’s a team player who shows real desire to help his teammates out and run for the team.”

McClean comes in with 59 international caps to his name and has more than 350 career appearances in the game – almost half have come at Premier League level during his time at The Hawthorns with his former club and Sunderland. Earlier in his career he also played for Wigan Athletic.

I’ve cherry picked the positive comments largely…and I’ll keep my thoughts to myself.

 

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