New Stoke City signing Million Manhoef has declared his delight at securing a move to the Championship side after a ‘hectic’ deadline day.

Stoke completed a move for the youngster late on deadline day, paying €4m to sign him from Vitesse in a permanent deal, with him sitting down with ESPN to discuss the move not long after.

He became their sixth signing of the January transfer window, albeit the only one they paid a fee for, joining Niall Ennis, Scott Morri, Daniel Iversen, Luke Cundle and Ciaran Clark in arriving to bolster Steven Schumacher’s squad.

He arrives after impressing in the Eredivisie this season for Vitesse, scoring four goals in 18 games in the division and leaves them after a record of 16 goals and 14 assists in 88 games in total for the Dutch side, who he had played for since 2017 when he joined their youth set up.

The move to the Championship is naturally a big one for the 22-year-old, who will be hoping he can make the step up and help fire Stoke, who are currently 19th, further up the table and away from relegation concerns.

He certainly is looking forward to the challenge, having finally settled down following a frantic end to the transfer window for him and his entourage.

“It was hectic. At first, I wasn’t allowed to leave and then I was. Things went quickly in those last days,” he told ESPN.

“My agent will only contact me if there is specific interest. Knowing everything is not always the best thing. I only heard from Stoke the day before yesterday. The clubs tried to work it out yesterday. Then I quickly packed my things and headed this way.

“I really wanted to go to Stoke. That was my intention, and it came true, so I’m happy that it happened.”