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Stoke get their transfer activity underway with eight-figure swoop for World Cup bound star



Stoke City have swooped to sign Oghenekaro Peter Etebo, the club’s official website has confirmed.

Etebo becomes Stoke’s first signing of the summer transfer window, penning a five-year contract after joining from Feirense.

Stoke have paid Portuguese outfit Feirense an eight-figure transfer fee, spending €7.2m on the midfield man.

The Nigeria international – who is currently preparing for the World Cup finals in Russia this summer – spent the second half of last season on loan at Las Palmas in La Liga and now joins Stoke on a permanent deal.

The box-to-box central midfielder, who is also comfortable playing at right-back, moved to Portugal in 2016 after leaving Nigerian side Warri Wolves.

Etebo scored seven times in 45 games for Fereinse and played 12 times during his half-season loan at Las Palmas.

He has 14 international caps to his name and hopes his career will now kick on in England after arriving for a major fee.

Stoke’s Chief Executive Paul Scholes confirmed that the 22-year-old had offers from the Premier League and the Bundesliga on the table but has opted to join the Potters instead.

Etebo is the first signing of the Gary Rowett era as Stoke eye an instant promotion back to the Premier League.

The Verdict

You get the feeling that Etebo has come in as a like-for-like replacement for Badou Ndiaye – who has been strongly linked with an exit.

He will provide energy and the ability to do both the defensive and offensive work in the Stoke midfield.

At Championship level, this looks like a shrewd signing on paper but of course we must wait to see how well he can settle into life in England.

Stoke fans – Is this a good signing? Let us know below…

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