Stoke seal Pieters deal
By Football News
Stoke have secured the signing of left-back Erik Pieters from PSV Eindhoven for a fee of £3 million (€3.6 million).
The Netherlands international becomes Mark Hughes' first signing since taking over as manager at the Britannia Stadium in May and has agreed a four-year contract with the Premier League club.
He follows Jeremain Lens and Dries Mertens out of the PSV exit door during the close-season.
Pieters is relishing the opportunity of testing himself against the best sides in England.
"I am very happy with this new challenge," he told PSV's official website.
"It's always been a dream of mine to play in the Premier League so this is a wonderful opportunity.
"At the same time (I am) sad to leave my friends and team-mates in Eindhoven, but I'm very happy with this opportunity."
PSV technical manager Marcel Brands added: "This is a nice step for him.
"Given his contract, we were in a position to sell him. We lose in Erik a good player with a good character, but for him this is a new step in his career.
"He played five years at PSV (and) is still only 24 years (old)."