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Wednesday 08 August 2012

Stoke swoop for Kightly

Wolves midfielder completes move to Stoke after five years at Molineux

Midfielder Michael Kightly made 114 league appearances for Wolves

Stoke City have confirmed the signing of Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Michael Kightly for an undisclosed fee.

The 26-year-old, who spent five years at Wolves, agreed personal terms after completing a medical on Wednesday and has been acquired in order to provide more competition for places on the flanks at the Barclays Premier League club.

Kightly is excited about the prospect of remaining England's foremost division and hopes to help the Potters build on their five-year stay in the Barclays Premier League.

"It's a great club; an established Premier League club, so I am delighted to be here," he told Stoke's official website. "Any footballer wants to play at the highest level and I am grateful to Stoke for giving me the chance to stay in the Premier League.

"I'm grateful to Stoke for giving me the chance to stay in the Premier League"
- Michael Kightly

"The club sold itself to me. What they have achieved over the past few years has been remarkable. Then there's the excellent facilities and, of course, the supporters. So, it's definitely a club that is moving in the right direction."

Stoke manager Tony Pulis added: "There is nothing better than to have strong competition in all areas of the squad and Michael’s arrival will give us that in the wide positions.

"I've long been an admirer of Michael, not only in terms of him being a provider, but also the fact that he gets his share of goals.

"Our two wingers, Matthew Etherington and Jermaine Pennant, have been brilliant for this football club over the past few years, but they went off the boil in terms of goalscoring last season, so we wanted to address that.

"Competition for places will bring the best out of them again and that is what Michael's presence will give us in that area."

Kightly, who initially joined Wolves on loan from Gray's Athletic in November 2006, made 114 league appearances for Wolves and has been capped seven times by England Under-21s.

Meanwhile, Stoke have confirmed that they can complete the signing of utility player Geoff Cameron after the 27-year-old American international was granted a work permit.

Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes said: "We are delighted that the appeals panel have approved the work permit and we are now in a position to conclude the transfer.

"It's been a difficult period between agreeing the transfer deal and the hearing, most difficult for Geoff in particular because his life has been on hold."

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Key Points

  • Kightly completes move for undisclosed fee
  • Former England Under-21 international excited to return to Barclays Premier League
  • Stoke also confirm that utility player Geoff Cameron has been granted a work permit