Stoke City transfer update: Swedish starlet arrives from Etihad, and USA striker tweets impending move

The Potters secured the services of two players on Tuesday, and remain interested in others.

Following on from Stoke's hugely entertaining but ultimately disappointing 5-3 loss to Liverpool, Mark Hughes has completed his first two signings of the transfer window.

John Guidetti arrives on loan until the end of the season

Twenty-one-year-old striker Swedish striker Guidetti has officially signed on loan until the end of the campaign.

The Manchester City youngster will be looking to get to get some serious game time at Stoke after making just one League Cup appearance in his four years in England.

Guidetti was signed by Sven-Goran Eriksson in 2008 after impressing the ex-England boss in his native Sweden. Goals have come at every youth level for the forward for both City and Sweden, and he also enjoyed an outstanding loan spell at Feyenoord the season before last, scoring 20 goals in 23 games.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes, who took over from Eriksson at Manchester City and therefore has worked with Guidetti before, had only positive things to say about the Sweden cap.

"We wanted to try to add different options to our attacking threat and John will certainly do that," said the former Wales boss.

"He's someone who, if you get him in the right areas, will make the most of opportunities that come his way because he's a natural goal-scorer.

"There were several clubs who were interested in taking him on loan and we're delighted that he has chosen to join us."

Stephen Ireland signing confirmed

The Irishman has finally put pen to paper on a permanent move to the Britannia after impressing on loan at the Potters.

The signing of Ireland, who has 3 goals in 16 appearances already this year, made room for the loan of Guidetti as Premier League clubs are only allowed to have two players on loan from clubs in their league at any one time.

Like Guidetti, Hughes worked with Ireland at Manchester City, where the midfielder was one of the brightest young players in the country.

"Stephen is a talented footballer and has shown what he's capable of since he joined us," Hughes told the club's website.

"We're delighted to have made his switch a permanent arrangement."

Agueldo to arrive - then head out again?

Juan Agudelo may finally be about to sign for Mark Hughes' outfit. The New England Revolution striker looked set to sign in August but was denied a work permit after the transfer had been agreed. Now a loan seems to have been agreed according to the players himself on twitter:

There is no official word from the club yet so it is unclear whether Stoke will apply for another work permit for the international forward, or sign him and then send him out on loan to a club on the continent.

Other transfer news:

Fellow USA International Maurice Edu is heading back to the MLS with Philadelphia Union after making just 1 appearances in England. 

Galatasary are after Charlie Adam, with Roberto Mancini seeking to raid the Premier League for the  Scot who has impressed this season. 

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