Gudjohnsen could face Villa

Gudjohnsen could face Villa

Eidur Gudjohnsen could make his Stoke debut in their next Barclays Premier League game against Aston Villa after joining on loan from Monaco yesterday.

The former Chelsea, Tottenham and Bolton striker headed a trio of signings late on transfer-deadline day that also included Republic of Ireland defender Marc Wilson and winger Jermaine Pennant.

Gudjohnsen spent the second half of last season at White Hart Lane but started only four games before returning to Monaco, where he had failed to impress after moving from Barcelona in the summer of 2009.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis said of the 31-year-old: “He’s a fantastic player and will provide that little bit more quality that we want. He’s looking to come in and make an impact.

“He’s a fantastic professional. To play where he’s played and to have that record, that speaks volumes for the lad and his character.”

Gudjohnsen is not match fit but Stoke do not play again until the home game against Villa on September 13, and Pulis is hoping he will be in contention.

“He’ll do a mini pre-season and we hope he’ll be close when we play again,” added the Potters boss on Sky Sports News.

Former Arsenal, Birmingham and Liverpool winger Pennant has moved to the Britannia Stadium on loan from Real Zaragoza until January while Wilson was Pulis’ only permanent signing.

The 23-year-old penned a four-year contract yesterday after arriving from Portsmouth in a deal that also saw Dave Kitson and the Republic of Ireland's Liam Lawrence move in the other direction.

Pulis said: “With Wilson we paid around £1.5m plus two players, and we think that’s good business as well. He’s a good young player who will hopefully grow with this football club.”

He added of the Pennant deal: “We spoke right at the start of pre-season but it was too difficult a deal then.

“As it got close to the deadline, the deal became more viable and we worked very hard with the agent to make sure he comes in on our terms and the money we can afford.”

Stoke have had a disappointing start to the season, with losses to Wolves, Tottenham and Chelsea, but Pulis is hoping his new recruits, coupled with the earlier signings of Kenwyne Jones and Jonathan Walters, can make a difference.

He added: “It shows the way the club’s moved on but we’ve got to make sure they come in and have the same attitude as the rest of the players. If they do that then hopefully they’ll make us a better team.”

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