Five new faces arrive at Stoke City

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Ahead of their players reporting back for duty tomorrow, Stoke City have confirmed they will be joined by five new arrivals.

Goalkeeper Adam Davies and central defender Liam Lindsay have joined from newly promoted Championship side Barnsley.

Midfielders Nick Powell and Jordan Cousins, and striker Lee Gregory, have also completed their moves.

The five new boys will report to Clayton Wood tomorrow to meet their new teammates as preparations for the new season get underway.

Davies, Powell, Gregory and Cousins were all available after their contracts with their former clubs expired, while the Potters have paid Barnsley an initial fee of £2 million for Lindsay which could rise to £2.5 million.

Manager Nathan Jones said: “I’m really pleased that we have managed to make these five signings. It has been an ongoing process for three to four months and I’d like to thank the Club because they have backed my judgement.

“These players are signings that I think are going to be key for us in terms of enhancing the environment and improving results.

“I’m delighted to get these guys in as early as we have done, although we still have a little bit of work to do.”

Adam Davies and Liam Lindsay join from newly promoted Barnsley (Photo: Getty Images)

Chief Executive Tony Scholes added: “As I said at the end of last season this is going to be a busy summer for us in terms of player activity. In an ideal world every club would like to complete the bulk of their incoming transfer activity before the start of pre-season training.

“Whilst we’ve not completed all of our business we are delighted that we have managed to make these five signings.

“It will give Adam, Nick, Lee, Jordan and Liam time to get acquainted with their new teammates and Nathan and his coaching staff have the opportunity to work with them for several weeks before the season starts.”

Welsh international Davies was named in the EFL League One team of the season for 2018/19 after helping Barnsley secure automatic promotion, whilst Lindsay established himself as a defensive mainstay for the Tykes in his first season in English football after a move from Partick Thistle.

Former Manchester United midfielder Powell spent three years with Wigan and contributed an impressive 29 goals in 92 league appearances.

Striker Gregory spent five years with Millwall and scored more than 60 league goals – including 10 last season.

Cousins, a versatile midfielder, finds himself linking-up with Jones for the second time in his career having played under him as a youngster at Charlton before spending three years with QPR.

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