Beattie back in top flight with Stoke

Stoke City signed former England striker James Beattie from Sheffield United on Monday for a fee that could rise to 3.5 million pounds ($5.23 million).

The 30-year-old former Blackburn Rovers, Southampton and Everton player, who has scored 12 goals this season for Championship side United, agreed a two and a half year deal with Premier League strugglers Stoke.

"James is a player who has an absolutely phenomenal goal-scoring record and I am delighted to have him here," manager Tony Pulis told the club's website.

Beattie, who made his England debut in a friendly against Australia in 2003, won five caps but fell out of international favour during a disappointing spell at Everton.

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