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Keano on his new signing...

Sunderland today announced that the transfer saga over the transfer of sought after youngster Anthony Stokes had ended after the youngster rejected moves to Celtic and Charlton to move to Wearside in a 2.2m deal.

In Keano and Quinn's biggest transfer coup to date, that signals their clearest signs of ambition for the club yet, they persuaded Stokes to reject the lure of Champions League and Premiership football to instead ply his trade in the Championship - at least for now.

For more on what this move signifies regarding the club's ambitions click here

After days of protracted negotiations, Stokes was finally delighted to sign for Roy Keane,

'I spoke to Roy Keane about everything; he told me his hopes for the club, and it made up my mind.

'I'm excited about the move and it's brilliant to be here. It has been a hectic few days, sorting things out, and now I'm looking forward to training and playing.'

Keane was similarly buoyant,

'I'm delighted that Anthony has decided to join us. We've beaten off competition from a number of high-profile clubs for someone who is a good, young player who can hopefully help us in our push for promotion.'

Stokes comes into contention for this Saturday's home game against Ipswich.

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The Journalist

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Date:Monday January 8 2007

Time: 4:03PM

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a very good buy for you...the kid has loads of potential and it will be interesting to see if he can make the grade from spl to ccc and still manage the prolofic scoring with which he has become attached....
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08/01/2007 16:44:00

Stokes will be a top signing for you. As a gooner im rlly disappointed
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08/01/2007 17:17:00

Word is that Keano is keeno (sorry) on Capaldi from Plymouth?? Anybody got the gos?
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08/01/2007 18:13:00

yeah we've heard the same. he's after a full back and his name has popped up. we reckon he'd be a decent acquisition, what you think?
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08/01/2007 20:04:00

We want to keep him and talks are progressing, Capaldi says he hasn't spoken to anyone else.
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09/01/2007 13:47:00


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