Stoke City sign defender Kostas Stafylidis on loan from FC Augsburg

Kostas Stafylidis in action
Kostas Stafylidis joined FC Augsburg in 2015 following a loan spell at Fulham

Stoke City have confirmed the loan signing of FC Augsburg left-back Kostas Stafylidis until the end of the season.

The Greece international is Paul Lambert's first signing after being appointed as Stoke manager on Monday.

"He's a really good left-back and has lots of energy which we need," said Lambert at his news conference on Thursday.

Stafylidis, 24, joined the Bundesliga side in 2015 following a short loan spell at Fulham.

He scored five goals in 40 appearances for the German outfit but has fallen out of favour with manager Manuel Baum.

Stoke have also announced the departure of first-team coach Eddie Niedzwiecki.

Niedzwiecki - brought in by Mark Hughes in 2013 - took over as caretaker manager after Hughes' sacking earlier this month.

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