Sidwell was released by Fulham following their relegation from the Premier League, but he has made a quick return to the top-flight after agreeing a two-year contract with Hughes' side.

It will be the 31-year-old's second spell working with Hughes, who also signed him for Fulham in 2011.

"There were two factors behind my decision to join Stoke - the first being the fact that it's a club that is really moving forward," former Chelsea and Aston Villa star Sidwell told Stoke's website.

"I was really impressed with the football Stoke played last season; the way they played against Fulham on the penultimate weekend of the season really had a wow factor about it.

"Then there's the manager because he's a man that I have the highest regard for.

"He signed me for Fulham and I really enjoyed the time I worked with him there.

"I like the way he asks his teams to play and his training sessions are good, which makes coming into work on a daily basis really enjoyable."

Sidwell will officially join on July 1, becoming Stoke's second close-season capture after the arrival of defender Phil Bardsley from Sunderland.