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Stoke sign Barcelona winger Moha El Ouriachi

Barcelona winger Moha El Ouriachi Credit: Phil Greig/Stoke City

Stoke City have announced the signing of winger Moha El Ouriachi from Barcelona for an undisclosed fee.

The nineteen-year-old has already represented Spain at youth level and has been called up by Morocco to their Under-23 squad.

He could make his first appearance for the Potters in their Asia Trophy game against Everton in Singapore today.

The Premier League side have not announced the length of El Ouriachi's contract.

Stoke City continue summer recruitment

Stoke City have continued their summer recruitment drive, signing former Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given, and Chelsea midfielder, Marco van Ginkel.

Given in action for Aston Villa Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Given has signed a two-year deal with the club, and van Ginkel joins on a season-long loan.

The veteran Irish international replaces Thomas Sorenson, who left the Potters at the end of the last season, although Stoke look set to lose another goalkeeper, with reports suggesting Asmir Begovic is close to joining Chelsea.

That's where Marco van Ginkel has come from - the Dutchman seeing his chances at Chelsea limited after spending last season out on loan at AC Milan.

I know Shay particularly well from our time together at Manchester City and I'm really looking forward to working with him again.

He will not only be a great asset on the pitch as an outstanding goalkeeper but he's also a fantastic character to have in the dressing room and around the club - a true professional."

– Mark Hughes, Stoke City manager

Nigel Pearson nominated for Manager of the Month

The Leicester City manager, Nigel Pearson, has been nominated for the Premier League Manager of the Month award for April.

Leicester managed a miraculous turn-around in form in April, winning four games in a row before losing to Chelsea. Another win this month meant they're now one point and two places clear of the relegation places.

Pearson has been joined in the nominations by Chelsea's Jose Mourinho, Arsenal's Arsene Wenger and Everton boss Roberto Martinez.

Two Leicester players have also been nominated for Premier League Player of the Month.

Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel have both been crucial to Leicester's revival in April.

They face competition for the accolade from two other Midlands players too - Christian Benteke has found scoring form once more under Tim Sherwood, while Stoke City's Charlie Adam scored some spectacular goals in April, including a goal-of-the-season contender in the Potters' defeat at Chelsea.

Chelsea captain John Terry and Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera.

Stoke City forward Bojan Krkic to miss rest of season

Stoke City's Bojan Krkic celebrates scoring the first goal against Rochdale yesterday Credit: PA

Stoke forward Bojan Krkic will miss the rest of the season after suffering a ruptured cruciate ligament in his left knee, the club have announced.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes said the injury is "bitterly disappointing" for both the player and the club.


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