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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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