Stoke City’s Peter Crouch signs new deal, Haugaard shipped out

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Stoke City have agreed a new deal with Peter Crouch, while young goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard is sent out on loan.

In a relatively quiet first week of the transfer window in January thus far, Stoke City have elected to retain what they already have.

Peter Crouch to remain at Stoke City

In the latter stages of last summer’s transfer window, there was talk of Peter Crouch potentially departing the Bet365 Stadium entirely.

With a number of clubs courting his services, a departure – perhaps on loan – to another Premier League or Championship side looked ominous.

The arrival of Manchester City forward Wilfried Bony only intensified the speculation, only for Crouch to still be with the club when the window shut.

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At the age of 35, it was unclear how long Crouch may have with the Potters. The new deal penned on Monday confirmed the Englishman will remain in Staffordshire.

An 18-month extension means the veteran will now remain at the club until the summer of 2018.

The new deal comes at a time where Crouch has been in inspired form. Two goals in his last two games suggest that the performances have brought a just reward.

Jakob Haugaard sent out on loan

Young Danish keeper Jakob Haugaard has joined Wigan Athletic on loan until the end of the season.

The 24-year-old will head to the Latics who find themselves in the Championship’s bottom three. The Greater Manchester club are currently six points from safety.

Haugaard arrived at Stoke City in the summer of 2015, and made a handful of league and cup appearance in his first season.

The arrival of Lee Grant though has limited opportunities for the youngster.

With the return of Jack Butland impending, as well as Shay Given in reserve, Haugaard has had to turn elsewhere.