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KenwyneTony Pulis has described new Stoke capture Kenwyne Jones as "unplayable on his day" and hopes he can deliver the goals Stoke need.

The Trinidad and Tobago frontman, a player Pulis has been tracking for sometime, was the subject of an £8million switch from Sunderland on Wednesday.

There was some surprise that Steve Bruce allowed him to leave the Stadium of Light, but Pulis is delighted to have the 25-year-old among the Potters ranks.

The Stoke boss said: "Kenwyne is unplayable on his day, which is why this is a fantastic signing for this football club. We need goals in our team and we also need strong competition among our strikers if we are to continue improving at this level."

Jones has enjoyed a previous loan in Stoke, scoring three goals in 13 appearances for the Potters in 2005, and felt it was time to move on from Wearside.

The striker told the club's website: "Sometimes circumstances happen that you have to leave. It's never good to leave a place when you've been there for a while but I'm looking forward to doing well for Stoke."

Black Cats boss 'frustrated' with striker.
By: Jim Barg (

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has revealed why he is allowing Kenwyne Jones to join Stoke City.

Jones is currently undergoing a medical with an eye towards joining the Potters for a club record fee reported to be around £7 million.

Bruce spoke to the Sunderland Echo about the situation: "I wish him well. The deal is not over the line, but if it does then I think it would be in the interests of all parties.

"There has always been a frustration with me and I think with supporters who have watched Kenwyne that you see an abundance of talent but it has not come out often enough for us for whatever reason.

"In management you get paid to make some important decisions sometimes. Stoke have been badgering me for a year. Everyone knows they love a big, traditional centre-forward and he might go and suit them.

"Towards the end with Kenwyne, things were not working out so I have accepted Stoke's offer and given him permission to speak to them."

Bruce is reportedly targeting Manchester City's Roque Santa Cruz as Jones' replacement, and is also holding talks with Nedum Onuoha today over a season-long loan move from Manchester City.

Jones would be at Stoke for the second time if a move was to materialise after spending three months at the Britannia Stadium on loan in 2005.

The Trinidad and Tobago international has struggled since Bruce has taken over the club, and reports say part of the transfer money will be used to bring in Alan Hutton from Tottenham on a permanent basis.