Wednesday, January 29, 2014

STOKE SIGNS ODEMWINGIE FROM CARDIFF IN A PLAYER EXCHANGE AS JONES MOVE TO OPPOSITE DIRECTION

Striking option: Odemwingie has joined Stoke from CardiffEnglish premier league side, Stoke City have announced the signing of out of favour Nigeria international Osazie Peter Odemwingie from Cardiff, with fellow striker Kenwyne Jones moving in the opposite direction as part of a player-exchange deal.

Odemwingie has put pen to paper on an 18-month contract with the Staffordshire outfit and Potters manager Mark Hughes is hopeful of including him in his squad for Wednesday's Barclays Premier League encounter with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Cardiff also confirmed the exchange deal on their Twitter feed, confirming that Jones' move had been finalised, subject to Football Association clearance, and that he will be available for selection for the first time on Saturday when the Bluebirds host Norwich.

Manager Mark Hugues is delighted that the former Westbrom player has joined them.
Hughes said: 'We're delighted to have signed Peter.

'Things haven't perhaps gone as well for him at Cardiff as he would have hoped and he's really keen to start afresh with us.
New start: Peter Odemwingie shows off his Stoke shirt after signing

'He has a good goal-scoring record in the Premier League and will bring a different dimension to our attacking options.

'I've no doubts he will prove to be an excellent addition to our squad.'

Odemwingie only signed for Cardiff in September after a not too good ending in Westbrom

The 32-year-old has scored twice in 17 appearances for them since, with his last goal coming in October. 

He has not figured in the Super Eagles of Nigeria team,who are Africa champion, for more than two years as coach Stephen Keshi prefers players who are more committed to the national team cause.

News about the two players swapping clubs emerged on Saturday when Stoke announced they had reached an agreement with Cardiff over the deal for the pair.
On the move: Kenwyne Jones has signed for Cardiff after leaving Stoke

Jones had not been involved in either of the Potters' two games prior to that, with him having sent a text message to Hughes the night before the clash with Liverpool on January 12 to say he was unavailable for the fixture.

That resulted in the 29-year-old Trinidad and Tobago international being fined two weeks' wages and meant he was not considered for selection for the next match, against Crystal Palace.


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