Premier League - Stoke seal Kenwyne Jones coup

Eurosport - Wed, 11 Aug 18:36:00 2010

Stoke City have signed Kenwyne Jones from Sunderland for a club-record 8 million.

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The Trinidad and Tobago striker, 25, put pen to paper on a four-year contract to seal his return to the Britannia Stadium, where he played on loan in 2005.

The signing means Stoke are unlikely to pursue their interest in Nice and France striker Loic Remy, who came to the club for talks lat week.

"Kenwyne is unplayable on his day which is why this is a fantastic signing for this club," boss Tony Pulis told the club website.

"We need goals in our team and we also need strong competition amongst our strikers if we are to continue improving at this level."

Stoke's previous record transfer fee was the 6m paid to Middlesbrough for defender Robert Huth last summer.

Jones started his English career with Southampton in 2004 before joining Sunderland for 6m on their promotion in 2007.

He scored seven Premier League goals that campaign, hitting 10 the next season and nine last time out.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp tried to sign the rangy striker during the 2008-09 campaign and he was linked with a move to Liverpool or Chelsea last season, and the deal signifies something of a coup for Stoke.

Jones pointed to his relationship with Pulis as the reason why he chose Staffordshire.

"The fact that I know the manager, some of the players and the place so well has obviously been an influence on me coming here," Jones said.

"This is an exciting new chapter in my career and I want to do my best for a club that has clearly had great success since I was last here."

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