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Choupo-Moting trades the Championship for PSG

Choupo-Moting was part of the Stoke side relegated from the Premier League last season. Credit: PA

Maxim Choupo-Moting has joined French champions Paris St Germain on a free transfer after having his Stoke contract cancelled, the Potters have announced.

The 29-year-old Cameroon international was part of the City side which was relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season, but will now have the opportunity to play Champions League football during the new campaign.

A statement on Stoke's official website said: "Maxim Choupo-Moting has joined Paris St Germain on a free transfer after his Stoke City contract was cancelled by mutual consent.

"The Cameroon international made 32 league and cup appearances for the Potters after joining the club in the summer of 2017.

"The club would like to take this opportunity to thank Maxim for his efforts and wish him well in the future."

Hamburg-born Choupo-Moting arrived at the bet365 stadium from Schalke in August last year and scored both goals in a 2-2 home draw with Manchester United the following month.

He scored three more times, with his last coming in his final Stoke appearance in March, when City lost 2-1 to Everton.

Choupo-Moting told his new club's website: "I am extremely honoured to be signing for this big European club.

"I will be playing with some extraordinary team-mates and I can't wait to experience the atmosphere at the Parc des Princes."

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Liverpool new recruit Shaqiri hits back at critics

Shaqiri has been publicly criticised by former Stoke City players and TV pundits. Credit: PA

Liverpool new boy Xherdan Shaqiri insists his "conscience is clear" after criticism of his attitude while with Stoke.

The Switzerland international managed eight goals and seven assists last season, leading the relegated Potters in both categories.

But his inconsistency led to disapproval from the likes of pundits Gary and Phil Neville, former England internationals, who respectively labelled him "unprofessional" and "a disgrace".

Shaqiri, who moved to Anfield earlier this month for a fee understood to be £13million, is unconcerned by the pair's opinions.

He told several national newspapers: "They were Man United players - maybe they don't like Liverpool. I don't know, it could be.

"Some people like you, some don't. I've played three years in the Premier League. I've proved I can play in this league.

"I was the top scorer in the team with goals and assists. For me, my conscience is clear and I don't have to comment any more on this."

James McClean signs for Stoke City from West Brom in £5m deal

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Stoke have signed winger James McClean from West Brom for an initial £5million.

Republic of Ireland international McClean, 29, has agreed a four-year deal with Stoke, who confirmed the transfer fee could reach £6m.

"The Potters have paid an initial £5million for the 29-year-old Republic of Ireland winger, although the fee could rise to £6million with add-ons," the Sky Bet Championship club said on their official website.

"McClean has signed a four-year contract and follows Peter Etebo, Benik Afobe and Adam Federici in checking-in at the bet365 Stadium ahead of the 2018/19 season."

McClean, who has made 59 senior appearances for Ireland, arrived in England in 2011 when Sunderland signed him from Derry City.

He moved on to Wigan two years later and West Brom paid £1.5m to take him to The Hawthorns in August 2015.

"James is a player I've admired for a long time," said Stoke boss Gary Rowett. "Every time I've watched him play I've always been impressed by how hard he worked.

"I've spoken to lads who have played with him before, the likes of Darren Fletcher, and they have all said that he's a great guy to have around the dressing room and he's really popular with his team-mates."

Both Stoke and West Brom were relegated to the Championship last season.

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Joe Allen signs new contract with relegated Stoke

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Wales midfielder Joe Allen has committed to relegated Stoke by signing a new four-year contract.

The 28-year-old, who joined the Potters from Liverpool in July 2016, is determined to help the club secure a return to the Premier League at the first attempt.

"As players we have to shoulder responsibility for what happened last season," Allen told stokecityfc.com.

"Sometimes in football when things go wrong players try to wash their hands of it but I'm hoping a few more of the lads will have the same target of trying to set the record straight and helping the club bounce straight back."

Stoke City release experienced duo after relegation

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Former England defender Glen Johnson and midfielder Stephen Ireland have been released by Stoke following the club's relegation from the Premier League.

Johnson made 60 appearances for Stoke over three seasons after joining the club from Liverpool in 2015.

Johnson, who also played for West Ham, Chelsea and Portsmouth, is among the first to be let go by new Potters manager Gary Rowett.

Former Manchester City midfielder Ireland joined Stoke from Aston Villa in 2013 and scored six times in 70 appearances and will be leaving on June 30 when his contract expires.

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