Michael Tonge has completed a permanent transfer to Leeds United which could herald further departures from Stoke City during the transfer window.
Tonge, 29, who had a spell on loan at Leeds earlier in the season, has signed a two-and-a-half year deal at Elland Road after Stoke agreed an undisclosed fee with the Championship club’s new Middle East owners, allowing him to link up with former Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock.
The Leeds boss is delighted to have finally secured the permanent signing of Tonge and believes the experienced midfielder can play an influential role as the club look to mount a challenge for the play-offs.
“Tongey showed what an important member of the squad he is. I’m delighted we’ve been able to agree things with Stoke to bring him here permanently. I think people saw Michael get better as time went on and you could see what he brought to the side,” Warnock told the club’s official website.
Tonge’s move ends a frustrating spell of four years at Stoke, following his £2 million transfer from Sheffield United in 2008. During his four seasons at the Britannia Stadium he made only 12 appearances for Pulis’ side.
Potters manager Tony Pulis has been told by owner Peter Coates that he needs to generate his own funds if he wants to bring in new players this month and it is understood more departures are possible.
Coates is hopeful of offloading Wilson Palacios, who is deemed surplus to requirements, for around £2 million and he will also listen to offers for Jermaine Pennant, who has just returned from a loan spell with Wolves.
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