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Friday, 20 July, 2001, 14:48 GMT 15:48 UK
Stoke in double swoop
Stoke have completed the signings of Dutch winger Peter Hoekstra and goalkeeper Neil Cutler.

Hoekstra has signed for an undisclosed six-figure fee on a three-year deal from Ajax and Cutler has arrived on a free transfer from Aston Villa.

"I'm back to full fitness after a two year run of injuries which began at Euro 96," Hoekstra told BBC Radio Stoke.

"I can't wait to get started in English football, and hopefully I can do my bit to get the team promoted."


He (Sergei) has vast experience at the top level, including playing for Dynamo in the Uefa Champions League
Stoke director of football John Rudge

Stoke also won their appeal for a work permit for Sergei Shtaniuk with a Home Office tribunal overturning a decision by the Department of Employment.

"We are absolutely overjoyed," said Stoke director of football John Rudge.

"We hoped the tribunal would take a realistic view of the position and they have.

"Sergei is a quality player. He has been capped 27 times by Belarus, is a regular international at the moment, and captained Dynamo Moscow.

"He has vast experience at the top level, including playing for Dynamo in the Uefa Champions League.

"These were the facts we put to the tribunal in the hope that they would decide in our favour."

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