Jakob Haugaard: Stoke City sign Danish keeper on three-year deal
Stoke City have made their second signing of the summer by bringing in Danish goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard from FC Midtjylland for an undisclosed fee.
The 23-year-old former Denmark youth international, who has agreed a three-year-deal, replaces compatriot Thomas Sorensen, who has been released.
"This is a huge opportunity for me," he told the Premier League club's website.
"I have known of Stoke's interest for quite a while now. It was December when I first spoke to my agent about it."
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Haugaard, who helped FC Midtjylland win the Danish Superliga title this season, is aware of the Potters' improvement since promotion to the top flight in 2008.
"I follow the Premier League a lot," said the 6ft 6in Dane. "I know that the club has made tremendous progress over the last couple of years.
"Mark Hughes has brought a new style of play and it is one that I like very much. I can't wait to work with him and his staff. It is a great team with a great manager, so it is an opportunity I was never going to turn down."
Stoke's first-choice keeper Asmir Begovic is still in talks over a new contract at the Britannia Stadium, while his deputy - England Under-21 international Jack Butland - signed a new four-year deal in March.
Haugaard's move comes after defender Philipp Wollscheid made his loan spell at the club permanent.