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Transfer news: Cardiff City announce signing of Kenwyne Jones from Stoke City with Peter Odemwingie heading in opposite direction

The striker refused to play for Stoke after texting manager Mark Hughes
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Cardiff City have announced the signing of Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones in a deal that sees Peter Odemwingie head in the opposite direction.

In a statement on the club website, the Welsh side stated that the move had been finalised subject to FA clearance.

The striker should be available for selection for next Saturday's game with Norwich City.

The club also took to Twitter to thank departing player Odemwingie for his time at Cardiff, apparently grateful for the whopping six months he spent there.

Jones has not played in either of Stoke's last two games after sending a text message to manager Mark Hughes the night before the club's match with Liverpool on January 12 to say he was not available for the game.

Stoke then fined the 29-year-old two weeks' wages and ruled him out of the next match against Crystal Palace.

Stoke chairman Peter Coates previously denied that Kenwyne Jones was “getting his way” with a move away after refusing to play for the club.

"That's not the case," he said.

"The fact is he could have gone at the end of the season because he is out of contract, but this deal looked like a sensible opportunity for us.

"I wouldn't like to think there was any circumstance where a player would think he can get his way by not playing for any football club."