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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 August 2007, 17:39 GMT 18:39 UK
Sunderland seal Higginbotham deal
Sunderland have agreed a fee with Stoke for Danny Higginnbotham
Higginbotham submitted a transfer request
Sunderland have completed the signing of 28-year-old Stoke defender Danny Higginbotham in a 3m deal.

The two clubs agreed a fee after 28-year-old Higginbotham rejected a contract extension at Stoke.

The former Manchester United and Derby defender moved to the Britannia Stadium in August 2006 for 225,000.

Sunderland will pay 2.5m up front with an additional payments which could reach 500,000 depending on the Black Cats and Higginbotham's performance.

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In a statement, Stoke said: ""We are hugely disappointed to lose Danny, however it is difficult to keep a player who no longer wants to play for you."

Higginbotham began his career at Manchester United and spent three years at Old Trafford, where Black Cats' boss Roy Keane was a player.



SEE ALSO
Sunderland sign left-back Harte
29 Aug 07 |  Sunderland
Stoke joy at Higginbotham signing
02 Aug 06 |  Stoke City
Saints seal Higginbotham deal
13 Feb 03 |  Southampton


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