Stoke sign Kenwyne Jones for £8m

Stoke City are reported to have completed the signing of Kenwyne Jones from Sunderland for a fee of £8m.

The 25-year-old Trinidad and Tobago international had been linked with a move to Liverpool back in January but now looks set to become Stoke’s record signing.

Potters’ boss Tony Pulis had been looking to strengthen his striking options and after a deal for Nice's Loic Remy fell through the club turned their attention to Jones.

The former Southampton striker has displayed flashes of brilliance in his three years at Sunderland but his inconsistency appears to have been behind Steve Bruce’s decision to let him leave Wearside.

‘I wish him [Jones] well. The deal is not over the line, but if it does (go ahead) then I think it would be in the interests of all parties,’ Bruce told the Sunderland Echo.

‘There has always been a frustration with me, and I think with supporters who have watched Kenwyne, that you see an abundance of talent but it has not come out often enough for us for whatever reason.’

‘In management you get paid to make some important decisions sometimes. Stoke have been badgering me for a year. Everyone knows they love a big, traditional centre-forward and he might go and suit them.’

‘Towards the end with Kenwyne, things were not working out so I have accepted Stoke's offer and given him permission to speak to them.’

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