Stoke City have announced the signing of 54-times capped England defender Glen Johnson on a free transfer.
The Potters revealed earlier this week that they were in advanced negotiations with the 30-year-old and have now confirmed that he has penned an initial two-year deal, with the option for a third.
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Manager Mark Hughes told Stoke’s official website: “Glen will be a fantastic addition to our squad. He commanded a huge transfer fee when he left Portsmouth for Liverpool but dealt with the pressure that comes with that.
“He’s a talented defender who also chips in with goals – as we discovered last season when he scored the winner against us at Anfield – and having spoken to him I know how much he’s looking forward to being a Stoke player.”
Johnson had been without a club since being released by Liverpool at the end of last season. He moved to Anfield from Portsmouth for £18m in 2009 and made 200 appearances for the Reds.
The arrival of the ex-Chelsea right-back, who has flown to Singapore to link up with the rest of his Stoke teammates ahead of next week’s Asia Trophy, is a further signal of Stoke’s ambition.
They have taken Dutch midfielder Marco van Ginkel from Stamford Bridge on loan for the 2015-16 campaign and will have last summer’s bargain buy Bojan back for the start of the season.