Potters pick up Higginbotham

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Stoke have snapped up Danny Higginbotham from Southampton.

Higginbotham has signed a three-year deal at The Britannia Stadium after Stoke agreed a fee with The Saints.

The 27-year-old was placed on the transfer list at Southampton last week after he rejected a new deal at St Mary's.

The former Manchester United youngster was delighted to make the move to Stoke.

"There seems to be great optimism around the club about the future and I look forward to being part of it," Higginbotham told the club's official website.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis was happy to seal the signing of the central defender.

"We have been working six weeks to get this deal done and we are delighted it has now been completed," said Pulis.

"Danny is a player with a lot of qualities. He's played in The Premiership and has previously been involved in two moves totalling £3.5 million, so to get him for an initial fee of £225,000 is really good value.

"He's done a pre-season, he's fit, and he will go straight into our squad for the game against Southend (on Saturday)."