Gudjohnsen heads Stoke arrivals

Gudjohnsen arrives on loan from Monaco, Wilson comes in on a

permanent basis from Portsmouth and Pennant will stay on loan from

Real Zaragoza until January, the club announced on their website.

The club are awaiting confirmation from the Football Association

and Premier League that the transfers were completed in time. The

arrival of former Chelsea and Barcelona forward Gudjohnsen, 31, for

the season would be a particular coup for Potters boss Tony Pulis.

Ex-Liverpool winger Pennant, 27, agreed a loan deal to stay at the

Britannia Stadium until January after a troubled year in Spain.

Portsmouth’s Republic of Ireland Under-21 international Wilson, 23,

joined in a player-plus-cash move that saw midfielder Liam

Lawrence, 28, and striker Dave Kitson, 30, move in the opposite

direction. Gudjohnsen, who scored against Stoke at the Britannia

Stadium while on loan at Tottenham last season, told the Potters’

official website: “It is a new challenge, indeed a big challenge,

but one I am really looking forward to. “After speaking to the

gaffer and hearing his and the club’s ambitions, he really swayed

my mind, and I am delighted the deal is done. “I can’t wait to step

on to the pitch, the fans are fantastic here and I always remember

the atmosphere from when I have played here before. “I scored here

not so long ago for Tottenham, so maybe I owe the supporters

something. Hopefully I can reward them with some goals.” He added:

“I am an ambitious player, but this is an ambitious football club.

I want to help take the club on to the next level. That is my main

objective.” Pulis said: “This is a fantastic signing for the

football club because Eidur is a player of outstanding

international calibre who has performed at the highest level.

“There is no better example of the quality he provides than his

contribution to Tottenham’s win here in April. Not only did he

score an excellent goal, he showed what a great footballing brain

he has and his sense of awareness with a key role in their winner.

“Eidur made a significant contribution to Spurs qualifying for the

Champions League and I am confident he can have a big impact upon

our season.” Wilson, who can play in either midfield or defence,

signed a four-year contract. Wilson said on his new club’s official

website: “This is a great club which is on the up and so this is a

positive move for me. “I had a taste of playing in the Premier

League last season; it’s the best league in the world and I wanted

to get back there as soon as possible. “I spoke to (Potters coach)

Mark O’Connor when I knew Stoke were interested in me because he

was responsible for bringing me through as a youngster at

Portsmouth. He’s a great guy and he has certainly been a big

influence upon me choosing to come here.” Pulis said: “I wanted to

freshen the squad up with some young players, and Marc certainly

fits that criteria. “He showed great maturity last season in what

was a very difficult time for Portsmouth, so he will give us more

competition for midfield places.” He added: “The deal has enabled

Lawrence and Kitson to move on, giving them a fresh start in their

careers and the chance of regular first-team football. “We would

like to thank them for their contribution and wish them all the

best. Liam, in particular, has been a great servant of this club

and he has played a major part in the success that we have achieved

over the past three seasons.”