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Friday, January 18, 2008
Stoke splash out 1million on Shawcross

Stoke have signed Manchester United defender Ryan Shawcross for an initial fee of 1million.

The 20-year-old, who has scored seven goals in 28 appearances while on loan with the Coca-Cola Championship side this season, has penned a three-and-a-half-year deal at the Britannia Stadium.

Boss Tony Pulis told the club's website: 'I am absolutely delighted to have signed Ryan permanently.

'He has been fantastic for us this season and he will continue to get even better.

'Everyone has worked extremely hard behind the scenes to tie up the deal and we have beaten off several other clubs to his signature which shows we are moving in the right direction.'

The deal will rise by a further 750,000 based on appearances and another 250,000 depending on the club's success.

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