Sidwell joins Stoke City
Steve Sidwell has signed a two-year deal with Stoke City having successfully passed a medical at the Premier League club.
The midfielder travelled to the Potteries on Monday, with manager Mark Hughes securing his signature after fending off interest from a number of clubs including QPR, West Ham, Leicester and Sunderland.
The 31-year-old was a free agent after being released by Fulham following their relegation to the Championship.
Sidwell, who made his name with Reading, has also played for Aston Villa and Chelsea.
"Steve was much in demand following his release by Fulham and we are delighted to have won the race to secure his signature," chief executive Tony Scholes told the club's official website.
"Mark Hughes signed him for Fulham and from talking to Steve I know how much he's looking forward to working with him again.
"Like Phil Bardsley, Steve brings great experience to our squad and I'm sure he will prove to be an excellent addition to our squad."