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Stoke City have announced the signing of midfielder Steve Sidwell, following the expiration of his Fulham deal.
The ex-Arsenal youngster has signed a two-year with the Premier League club.
Stoke look set to make Senegal striker Mame Biram Diouf their second new signing of the summer.
Press Association Sport understands former Manchester United player Diouf, 26, whose contract with German outfit Hannover is coming to an end, has been at the Potters' training ground this week for talks with their manager Mark Hughes and chief executive Tony Scholes.
Out-of-contract Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley is closing in on a move to Stoke.
Press Association Sport understands the 28-year-old Scotland international is undergoing a medical in the Potteries with a view to sealing a switch from the Stadium of Light after six and a half years.
The Black Cats had hopes to extend Bardsley's stay on Wearside after re-opening contract talks after initial discussions came to nothing, but appear to have had to admit defeat.