Stoke City Boss Wants John Carew to Join Club On Permanent Basis

Stoke City manager wants John Carew to switch Villa Park for the Britannia Stadium permanently.

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Stoke City manager Tony Pulis wants to make on-loan striker John Carew a permanent deal in the Summer.

The 31-year-old former Valencia front-man, who scored his first Potters goal in the dramatic 3-2 victory over Sunderland, is on-loan from Aston Villa until the end of the season.

“John’s been fantastic,” Pulis said. “The lads love him. He has a great sense of humour and is very laid back with it.

“His presence will help and he’s got great experience. People say he’s just a big fella, he can only head it, but he’s got great technique. A couple of things he’s done has left defenders for dead.”

Carew had a difference of opinion with Villa manager, Gerard Houllier, and was quickly loaned out. With his Villa contract ending in the Summer the Norwegian hitman will be a free agent.

The only hinderance to any deal is Carew’s wages, reportedly £52,500 per week, which breaks Stoke’s wage structure.

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