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Stoke delight at Sorensen capture

Thomas Sorensen
Sorensen would bring experience to top-flight newcomers Stoke

Premier League newcomers Stoke City have completed the signing of Danish international goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen on a free transfer.

The 32-year-old had been on trial with the Potters, who missed out on keeper Scott Carson, after being released by Aston Villa at the end of last season.

"Thomas is a fantastic acquisition," said Stoke boss Tony Pulis.

"He has played almost 400 games in the Premier League and been number one for Denmark for a very long time."

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Pulis has already brought in striker Dave Kitson from Reading, midfielder Seyi Olofinjana from Wolves and Jamaica international midfielder Rudolph Austin.

Pulis added: "The fact that we have got Thomas on a free transfer too is superb business for us, because I believe he is a very, very good goalkeeper."

Meanwhile, both Ritchie de Laet and Ryan Shotton have returned to the Britannia Stadium after turning down moves to Bournemouth.