Stoke sign former English international

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Updated: August 10, 2011

Former West Ham centre-back Matthew Upson has signed for Stoke City on a free transfer.The England international has signed a two-year deal.

The 32-year-old was released by West Ham after they were relegated last season once his contract expired.

“This is another fantastic deal for this football club when you consider the quality and experience of the lad,” manager Tony Pulis told stokecityfc.com.

“We now have strength in depth in our defence with Matthew and Jonathan on board and we’ve managed to achieve that without a significant outlay on transfer fees, which is quite remarkable in today’s market of vastly inflated prices.”

Pulis added: “Their experience of performing at the highest level will be a valuable asset to us because we have some good young defenders and a young goalkeeper.”

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