Bournemouth snap up Ireland's Marc Wilson after his public criticism of Mark Hughes

He departs Stoke for the South Coast

Marc Wilson

Marc Wilson ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Bournemouth have signed Marc Wilson from Stoke.

The Republic of Ireland defender moves on a permanent basis, after two loan spells at the south coast club.

A move away from Stoke had been on the cards after his public criticism of manager Mark Hughes during a Twitter Q&A ahead of the start of the season.

"He's maybe expressed himself in the wrong way and it's fair to say that Marc probably feels his future lies elsewhere and it's fair to say I probably agree with him," Hughes told Sky Sports at the weekend.

He will now join fellow Ireland internationals Harry Arter and Eunan O'Kane at Bournemouth.

"He'll add a wealth of experience to Eddie's defensive options, having played in the top flight and internationally," said Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe.