Stoke swoop for Derby's Pearson

Stoke have signed Derby midfielder Stephen Pearson until the end of the season after receiving confirmation the loan deal has been approved.

The Potters held successful talks with the former Celtic star on Thursday and filed the necessary paperwork to the Football Association and Football League before the 5pm deadline.

There were fears the deal may have collapsed but the Championship leaders confirmed on Friday morning that the transfer had been approved.

City chief executive Tony Scholes told the club's official website: "I am delighted to confirm the temporary signing of Stephen has been completed.

"He and Shola Ameobi will both be with us until the end of the season to help us in our final push."

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