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Stoke seal 5.5m Kitson transfer

Dave Kitson
Kitson started his career with non-league Arlesey Town

Stoke have signed Dave Kitson for a club record fee of 5.5m from Reading.

The 28-year-old striker has agreed a three-year deal with the Potters after scoring 54 goals in 111 league starts for Reading, including 10 last year.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis told the club's website: "I think he's a natural goalscorer with great ability, while he's one that will work his socks off."

The transfer fee smashes the Potters' previous record of 2m paid for Ryan Shawcross in January.

Kitson signed for the Royals from Cambridge United for just 150,000 in 2003 and was one of Reading manager Steve Coppell's first signings.

Reading director of football Nick Hammond believes the Royals have got a good price for Kitson.

"Once Steve Coppell had decided that it was in the Club's best interests for the deal to be done, it was my task to generate the maximum income," Hammond told the Reading website.

"This has been achieved and the money is now available for Steve to strengthen the squad as and when he sees fit."

Coppell added: "I'm sad to see him leave but it was his wish to play in the Premier League and Stoke have offered that avenue."

see also
Royals complete Kitson capture
27 Dec 03 |  Reading

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