England right-back Glen Johnson 'set to join Stoke on a free transfer'

Stoke manager Mark Hughes has added Glen Johnson to the Stoke City ranks.Hughes also confirmed a deal for Inter Milan's Xherdan Shaqiri is off and he expec

Stoke City are set to sign England defender Glen Johnson on a Bosman free transfer, according to Sky sources.

The 30-year-old right-back, who left Liverpool at the end of the season, is expected to undergo a medical and complete his move over the next 48 hours.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes is confident Johnson experience will help his team progress further next season.

He said: “Glen’s a very experienced player. We obviously feel the qualities he has will help us.

We are a team that’s trying to progress and we do that by getting good players into the squad. Glen is a player who has played at a high level for a very long time and we can benefit from that."

Johnson, capped 54 times for England, began his career as a West Ham trainee before joining Chelsea in a £6million deal as an 18-year-old in 2003. He then joined Portsmouth after struggling to break into the Blues first-team before a six-year spell at Anfield

Midfielder Marco van Ginkel also moved to Stoke on Friday on a one-year loan deal from Chelsea.

The Potters previously attempted to lure Van Ginkel from Vitesse and have continued to monitor the player, who suffered an anterior cruciate ligament following his move to Stamford Bridge.

Van Ginkel spent last season on loan with AC Milan after recovering from his setback, and Hughes is happy with the deal.

Hughes said: “Marco is a player that I have been aware of for quite some time. There was an interest, certainly the club had an interest before he went to Chelsea.

“Obviously when Chelsea got involved we had to step aside, but we’ve always kept an eye on his progress. He had a bad injury which set him back, but he’s come back from that. He’s fit and well now and had a good season at Milan and we’re delighted.”

Stoke have already signed striker Joselu from Hannover for £5.8m, while goalkeepers Jakob Haugaard has arrived from FC Midtjylland and Shay Given from Aston Villa.

The Potters had also been looking to bring in Inter Milan's Xherdan Shaqiri but Hughes says the club have now "stepped aside" in their pursuit of the Switzerland international and turned their attention elsewhere.

Hughes said of the 23-year-old: "We expressed an interest, we put a bid in, but we needed really to set a deadline.

"We've got other irons in the fire and sometimes if you invest too much time in one deal, then you can lose others. That was the case with this one so we've stepped aside and we're looking at other things now."

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