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Stoke complete signing of Man City striker John Guidetti on loan

January 14, 2014 21:48 IST


Stoke City have completed the signing of Manchester City striker John Guidetti on loan and secured midfielder Stephen Ireland on a permanent deal from Aston Villa.

Guidetti, 21, has played once for Sweden and rose to prominence when on loan at Dutch club Feyenoord in the 2011-12 season in which he scored 20 goals in 23 games.

John GuidettiHe was brought to City by former manager Sven Goran Eriksson but has suffered injury problems since returning to Manchester, playing just one match this season in the League Cup.

"We wanted to try and add different options to our attacking threat and John will certainly do that," Stoke manager Mark Hughes told the club's website.

"He's someone who if you get him in the right areas will make the most of the opportunities that come his way because he's a natural goal scorer," Hughes added.

Former Manchester City player Ireland, 27, has been on loan at the Britannia Stadium this season, making 16 appearances and scoring three goals.

"Stephen is a talented footballer and has shown what he's capable of since he joined us," Hughes said. "We're delighted to have made his switch a permanent arrangement."

Image: John Guidetti of Manchester City looks on during a training session at the Etihad Stadium

Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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