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Oldham have completed the signing of Gareth Owen from Stoke City for a nominal fee, along with Rotherham duo Rob Scott and Paul Warne.

Owen has been on loan at Boundary Park and has impressed manager Ronnie Moore sufficiently to be handed a three-year deal.

The dominating stopper has proven a popular figure at the Lancashire outfit and is clearly delighted to have put pen-to-paper on a permanent contract.

"I am so excited about this deal, finally my dream move is about to come to fruition," Owen told the club's official website.

"I feel this club is going places and I want to be a part of it."

Experienced duo Warne and Scott have both inked two-year deals - much to the delight of Oldham assistant manager John Breckin.

"There were no problems with the medicals and both players have signed two-year deals with Oldham," said Breckin.

"We're delighted to have them on board.

"They are the right type of professionals, they're at that age where they have vital experience and are the right sort to bring to the club.

"They might be the wrong side of 30, but they're both very fit lads and will certainly improve our squad here."

Meanwhile, reports have suggested Blackpool have offered Richard Wellens as bait for Latics striker Scott Vernon.

The promising youngster enjoyed a productive loan spell at Bloomfield Road last term and is wanted by Colin Hendry on a permanent basis.

However, Oldham have offered Vernon a new two-year deal and it seems more likely they would prefer to keep their hit-man and make a separate approach for Wellens.