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Stoke sign Giannelli Imbula for £18m

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Big news coming out of Stoke, who announce they have smashed their transfer record with the £18.3million acquisition of 23-year-old defensive midfielder Giannelli Imbula from Porto.

The former France Under-21 international, who only moved to Porto for 20 million euros last summer, has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal with the Potters.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes told the club's official website: "Giannelli is a good young player. He has great power, good ability on the ball and a great range of passing and there's no doubt he will add to the quality that we already have at the club.

"He played against us in pre-season and although I was already aware of him, seeing him at first hand resonated with me."

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Stoke 'keeper donates £5,000 to GB Deaf Women's team

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has donated £5,000 in a bid to help Great Britain Deaf Women's team reach the World Cup.

The team has been trying to raise £10,000 in order to travel to Italy and play in the competition next year and received a surprised donation on their Justgiving website from the England 'keeper.

Jack Butland donated £5,000 to help Great Britain Deaf Women's team reach the World Cup. Credit: PA

@GBDeafFootball tweeted: "Wow! Thank you so much @JackButland_One for the £5000 donation. We are in shock! Just £1890 to go."

To which Butland responded on Twitter: "I've learnt a lot from major tournaments, experiences I'll never forget, I'd love for you to experience the same!"

The team has now reached their target of £10,000 to "send the GB Deaf Women's Football team to Italy because we want to win the 2016 Deaf World Cup."

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Stoke through to first League Cup semi final since 1972

Stoke City's Phillip Bardsley (left) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring his side's second goal during the Capital One Cup, Quarter Final at the Britannia Stadium. Credit: PA

Stoke eased into the Capital One Cup semi-finals as goals from Ibrahim Afellay and substitute Phil Bardsley secured a comfortable 2-0 home victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

Afellay put the Potters ahead in the 30th minute, the summer signing registering his first goal for the club with a delightfully-executed volley.

Bardsley then smashed home a low effort from outside the box in the 75th minute - also opening his Potters goalscoring account - to seal what will be Stoke's first League Cup semi-final appearance since 1971-72, the year they raised the trophy.

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Stoke steward's complaint about Chelsea striker Diego Costa is resolved

Diego Costa (left) squares up to Stoke players. Credit: PA

A Stoke City steward's claim that Diego Costa stamped on him was refuted as "utter nonsense" and then apparently resolved.

Moments after the Blues' 1-0 loss at the Britannia, a member of Stoke's security staff reported Costa to the referee after an incident on the touchline.

TV footage of the alleged incident showed Chelsea striker Costa going to retrieve the ball for a throw-in and then appearing to make contact with the steward with his foot.

A Chelsea spokesperson responded simply: "Utter nonsense". It is understood that the issue was then dealt with amicably and put to bed.

Referee Anthony Taylor will now include the incident in his match report, but further action would appear highly unlikely.

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