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Stoke sign up Pennant, Gudjohnsen and Wilson

Eidur Gudjohnsen could make his Stoke City debut in their next Premier League game against Aston Villa after joining on the club from Monaco on transfer deadline day.

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The former Chelsea and Barcelona forward headed a trio of signings that also included Portsmouth defender Marc Wilson and Real Zaragoza winger Jermaine Pennant.

Gudjohnsen spent the second half of last season at Tottenham 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," Pulis added.

Former Arsenal, Birmingham and Liverpool winger Pennant has moved to the Britannia Stadium on loan until January while Wilson signed a permanent deal. The 23-year-old penned a four-year contract after arriving from Portsmouth in a deal that also saw Liam Lawrence and Dave Kitson move in the other direction.

Pulis said: "With Wilson we paid around £1.5million 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."


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