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Striker Beattie signs for Potters

James Beattie
Beattie scored 34 goals in 18 months for the Blades

Stoke have signed striker James Beattie from Championship side Sheffield United for a fee that could rise to 3.5m.

The 30-year-old has agreed to a two-and-a-half-year deal.

"James is a player who has a phenomenal goalscoring record and I am delighted to have him here," boss Tony Pulis told the club website.

"He has averaged more than a goal every other game for Sheffield United, and he has a proven record of scoring in the top flight."

Pulis added: "We have signed two fantastic players in Matthew Etherington and James, but we are still looking for two or three more before the closure of the window."

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Beattie said he was happy to be returning to the Premier League.

"I've been brought up to score goals," said the former Everton and Southampton forward.

"The gaffer has been great with me, outlining what he wants me to do and what my role will be within the team.

"I'm definitely ready to give the Premier League another crack and I'm delighted with the opportunity.

"Stoke City have given me that and hopefully I can show the fans what I can do straight away."

Beattie joined the Blades from Everton in 2007 and scored 34 goals in 18 months for the Yorkshire side.

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