Potters enjoy a busy productive transfer deadline day.
Stoke City clinched the signing of striker Eidur Gudjohnsen – and confirmed a shock move for winger Jermaine Pennant just moments before the transfer window closed.
The club also re-signed Salif Diao. whose contract ran out at the end of last season. They were in talks with Portsmouth’s Marc Wilson but have yet to confirm the deal.
Former Chelsea, Barcelona and Tottenham striker Gudjohnsen turned down Fulham to join Stoke on a season-long loan from Monaco.
Pennant, the 27-year-old former Arsenal, Liverpool and Birmingham midfielder, has returned from Real Zaragoza on a season loan.
Diao, In addition to his new contract, will also take on an ambassadorial role for the club in Africa and other parts of the world.
‘It’s great to be back home. I love the club and I love the supporters, so I always hoped something could be sorted out,’ said the 33-year-old Senegalese.
‘I feel there is still unfinished business and I want to help Stoke City continue the excellent progress made in my time here.
‘Tony Pulis is more than a manager to me and I want to repay the faith that he has shown in my ability at this stage in my career. (Daily Mail)
Tony Pulis must have been on the phone all day. The Stoke City boss looks set to pull off a succession of good quality signings that will go some way to further cementing the Potters in the Premier League. Last term the club managed a laudable 12th place finish but three defeats from three have left the club considering their options.
Having brought in Kenwyne Jones and Jonathan Walters Pulis set about bringing in some experienced talents to help give the side strength in depth. These captures, Gudjohnsen’s in particular, are a big sign as to the direction the club is going in. Cleverly they have also avoided spending huge sums of money on this quartet and the club’s supporters will hope that they will begin to put some good performances together so they can build on the good work of last season.