Blackpool pair Waddington and Telford join Stoke

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Mark Waddington and Dom Telford have signed for Stoke City, although both clubs are remaining silent over the deal.

The pair were in action for the Potters’ U21 side yesterday, with Telford finding the net in a 3-0 win over Gatafe B.

Last month The Gazette revealed the pair were set to turn down contract offers at Bloomfield Road in favour of more lucrative offers at the Premier League side.

As yet there’s been no confirmation from either club about the duo’s future, although The Gazette understand the pair have put pen to paper on contracts at Stoke and trained with Mark Hughes’ first team squad before the senior players headed off on their pre-season tour two weeks ago.

The fact they are under-23 means Pool are entitled to compensation fees, at least £100,000 per player.

Stoke have been admirers of Telford ever since the striker equalised against Rotherham on his home debut last Christmas, and they had an offer for him rejected during the January transfer window.

Waddington was also the subject of a January bid from Championship side Brighton and is tipped for a big future as an imposing midfielder.

it’s expected they will both initially join Stoke’s U21 squad.