Â Stoke finalised the deal to sign Southampton’s Andrew Davies this morning with the 24 year old defender joining on a four year deal for an undisclosed fee believed to be of around Â£1.3 million.
The former Middlesbrough man, who can play either in a centre back or full back role becomes Tony Pulis’ sixth signing of the summer and third in the past week, with Amdy and Abdoulaye Faye joining on Friday. Andy joins after spending less than a year at Southampton, where he initially joined on loan before making the deal permanent in January for Â£1 million. he became a firm favourite with Southampton fans and many saw him as their best player and seem to see Â£1.3 million as a very good price for Stoke.
Â No secret has been made of the bad financial situation at the south coast club, with manager Jan Poortvliet admitting the club has no choice but to lessen the club’s wage bill by selling the highest earners, such as Andy.
Â Andy, who has one England Under 21 cap has considerable premier league and championship experience from his time at Middlesbrough and Southampton and also fromÂ loan spells at QPR and Derby three years ago. His current record stands at 108 league appearances for various clubs and three goals, all coming for Derby.
Â Andy will not be ableÂ to make an instant impact at StokeÂ though as he is currently sidelined through injury but is expected to be fit within a few weeks.
Given our poor defence performance on Saturday, in particular our lack of pace and inability to defend set-pieces, the injection of new blood into the side is very welcome and I hope he will continue at stoke in the same vain of form (or hopefully class) that made him so popular at Southampton.
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