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Friday, 22 February, 2002, 15:07 GMT
Stoke in double swoop
New Stoke signing Arnur Gunnlaugsson
Arnur Gunnlaugsson has signed the end of the season
Stoke City have snapped up Leicester City striker Arnar Gunnlaugsson to complete a double swoop before Saturday's promotion showdown with Second Division leaders Reading.

The 28-year-old Icelandic international rejoins the club, having previously had a spell on loan two years ago.

He has signed on contract until the end of the season.

 His capture follows the loan signing of Derby County forward Deon Burton, who is also set to make his debut against the Royals at the Majedski Stadium.

Deon Burton has signed on loan from Derby
Deon Burton is set for his debut at Reading

 Stoke have been desperate to bring in added goal-power to boost their hopes of returning to the automatic promotion places after a disappointing decent run and believe they have found the answer in Burton and Gunnlaugsson, who had also been wanted by Bradford City.

 Director of football John Rudge told the club's official website: "We are delighted to have signed Gunnlaugsson.

"Coming on top of the arrival of Deon Burton, it gives us a massive boost.

"We have brought in two quality players of international pedigree and with Premiership experience.


This is Burton's chance to put himself in the shop window
Stoke director of football John Rudge

"Our fans know all about Arnar and what he is capable of. He was here two years ago and did very well.

Rudge added: "Burton is a quality striker with Premiership experience and Derby still rate him at £1.5m.

"We are delighted to have got him and there is no doubt he is going to be a major boost to our squad.

"He has not been getting regular first-team football at Derby and this is his chance to put himself in the shop window while helping our cause."

 Stoke missed out in a bid to sign Fulham midfielder Paul Trollope but Rudge confirmed that they are still hoping to add further to their squad.

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