Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has made Vincent Pericard his first signing since taking over the club.
Pericard joins Stoke after a loan spell at Plymouth Argyle
Pericard, 23, whose previous clubs include Juventus, joins the Potters on a three-year deal from Portsmouth, who released him at the end of last season.
"He's six foot two, quick and has two good feet," Pulis told the club's official website.
"He has shown enough to convince me there is more to come, which will hopefully be to Stoke City's benefit."
Pericard also had a loan spell at Plymouth last season, where he played under Pulis.