Stoke sign striker Jones for 8 mln pounds

London: Stoke City broke their club transfer record to sign Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones for eight million pounds (USD 12.55 million) on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old lanky Trinidad and Tobago international has signed a four-year contract and tops Stoke`s previous record of six million pounds paid for defender Robert Huth from Middlesbrough.

"Kenwyne is unplayable on his day which is why this is a fantastic signing for this football club," Stoke manager Tony Pulis told the club`s website.

Jones, who moved to Southampton from Trinidad in 2004 before joining Sunderland in 2007 for six million pounds, could feature in Stoke`s Premier League season opener at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

"The fact that I know the manager, some of the players and the place so well has obviously been an influence upon me coming here," said Jones, who scored three times in a 13-game loan spell at Stoke in 2005.

"This is an exciting new chapter in my career and I want to do my best for a club that has clearly had great success since I was last here."

Jones scored 26 goals in 94 appearances in all competitions for Sunderland.

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