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Stoke land midfielder Arismendi

Diego Arismendi
Arismendi made 28 appearances in Club Nacional's title-winning season

Stoke manager Tony Pulis has added Uruguayan midfielder Diego Arismendi to his squad after agreeing a fee of £2.6m with Club Nacional for the 21-year-old.

The deal could see the Uruguayan champions receive a total of about £4.8m for the anchorman.

"It's a dream come true to play in the Premier League," Arismendi told the Stoke website.

He has won two caps for his national side having made his debut in a friendly against Norway in May 2008.

"This is the first time that the club have signed a player directly from South America," said chief executive Tony Scholes.

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"Clearly Diego will need time to settle but we are excited by his potential and are confident he will prove to be a great acquisition."

Arismendi follows Middlesbrough duo Robert Huth and Tuncay to the Britannia Stadium in a busy final week of the transfer window for the Potters.

Midfielder Dean Whitehead, who signed from Sunderland in July for £3m, is the only other arrival of the summer.

Although Whitehead's former team-mate defender Danny Collins has held talks over a possible switch from the Stadium of Light.



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see also
Collins closes in on Stoke switch
29 Aug 09 |  Stoke
Stoke complete transfer of Tuncay
28 Aug 09 |  Stoke
Huth completes 5m Stoke switch
27 Aug 09 |  Stoke
Stoke confirm Whitehead transfer
24 Jul 09 |  Stoke


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