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Carew completes Stoke switch

Norwegian striker to see out the season with Pulis' Potters

By Chris Burton.   Last Updated: 21/01/11 4:09pm

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Carew: On the move

Carew: On the move

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Stoke have landed Aston Villa striker John Carew on loan until the end of the 2010/11 campaign.

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The 31-year-old striker was at the Britannia Stadium on Thursday to undergo a medical and has now agreed terms on his switch.

The towering Norwegian has opted to take on a fresh challenge after seeing Villa splash out a club record fee for Darren Bent earlier this week.

With first-team opportunities set to be limited under Gerard Houllier, Carew has welcomed the chance to link up with Tony Pulis at Stoke.

The Potters boss is also delighted to have acquired the services of a proven frontman and could hand him an immediate debut against Fulham on Saturday.

Outstanding pedigree

"This is a fantastic signing," Pulis told the club's official website.

"John's record speaks for itself because he has scored goals at the highest level throughout his career.

"As well as all the experience he has gained at international level, he has played for some top, top clubs across Europe and performed in the Champions League for many seasons, including an appearance in the final for Valencia.

"On top of that, he was Aston Villa's leading scorer last season with 17 goals, so we have acquired a striker with outstanding pedigree."

Carew has won 85 caps for his country and has turned out for the likes of Rosenborg, Valencia, Roma, Besiktas and Lyon over the course of a distinguished 13-year career.

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