Gudjohnsen could face Villans

The former Chelsea, Tottenham and Bolton striker headed a trio of

signings late on Tuesday that also included 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. Gudjohnsen was won over by the club’s ambition.

He told Sky Sports News: “I had many options from all over the

world and it went down to the last minute. I’m here for the season

and I intend to do my best and help the team as much as I can.

“They’re showing a lot of ambition. They’ve signed a few players

this summer. They’re a team to be reckoned with. “It’s not an easy

place to come and get points. I hope to add a little bit of quality

and experience.” 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 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.”

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.”