Mark Hughes thinks Jermaine Pennant could be key to his plans at Stoke.
Winger Jermaine Pennant could be staying at Stoke after all, with new manager Mark Hughes set to offer the former Arsenal player a new contract according to the Daily Telegraph.
Pennant is a free agent after his contract expired at Stoke last month following a fall out with former manager Tony Pulis.
The winger hasn’t played for Stoke since August and it was assumed that he would be leaving the Britannia stadium sooner rather than later.
But now that Mark Hughes has taken the hot seat at Stoke, Pennant could stay at the club, with Hughes feeling that wide players are a priority at his new club.
Hughes is set to sit down and hold talks with Pennant when the Welshman comes back from his summer break.
Pennant was signed from Real Zaragoza and for a time was a key player in Tony Pulis side, playing a vital role in the teams run to the FA Cup final in 2011, where they lost to Manchester City.
However, the 30 year old appeared to fall out of favour with Pulis and was sent out on loan to Wolves in October.
A reprieve at Stoke would be welcome for Pennant, who was once considered one of the best young British players in the country.