Pulis quiet on Jones, Edu out

BY foxsports • January 17, 2013

Young goalkeeper Karl Darlow will be Nottingham Forest's number one for the foreseeable future.

Darlow was recalled from a loan spell at Walsall by boss Alex McLeish and then handed his full league debut for the club against Peterborough, helping McLeish gain his first win since taking over at the City Ground.

Darlow got his chance after McLeish informed long-time number one Lee Camp, whose contract is set to expire in the summer, that he could leave Forest this month.

McLeish had previously stated that the 22-year-old would play while he searched for an experienced keeper to replace Camp.

But after signing Khalid Al Rashidi this week, the Scot revealed that Darlow and the Kuwait international will battle it out for the number one spot.

"The only keeper coming in will be Khalid, we have successfully secured a work permit for him," said McLeish.

"He will be back-up to Karl Darlow until he acclimatises, then it will be a big fight between the two guys."

Edu has signed a deal with the Turkish outfit after making only one first-team appearance for Stoke - as an 80th-minute substitute - since joining them from Rangers in August.

Referring to the United States international on Thursday, Pulis said: "He has come in and not got any games.

"That has been disappointing for Maurice and he needs to play games, to maintain his opportunity of playing for his country.

"So the club (Bursaspor) has come in and it is a decent club. We have had offers in England as well for Maurice to go and play, so he has got one or two options, which is good.

"Having bought him, and then for him to have then not gotten into the team, we can actually monitor him now for the next three or four months."

Meanwhile, reports have suggested Swansea - who take on Stoke in Saturday's Premier League clash at the Liberty Stadium - have had a ?3million bid for Potters striker Jones rejected.

That is something Pulis was more reluctant to speak about at his press conference to preview the trip to Wales.

Asked about Jones, the manager said: "If there is going to be anything done with another football club, we will do our business with the football club.

"If we sell Kenwyne, then I will speak to you about it. If we don't sell Kenwyne, then I will speak to you about it, and then you can ask me why we did one or the other."

Jones, recruited by Stoke in 2010 for a then-club record ?8million from Sunderland, has enjoyed some form after coming back into the first XI in December in place of Peter Crouch, who had injured his mouth in a collision with Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini.

The Trinidadian has started every league game since, scoring four goals in all competitions, including one as a substitute in Tuesday's 4-1 extra-time FA Cup third-round replay victory over Crystal Palace.

And while cagey on the issue of keeping or selling the 28-year-old, Pulis did admit it would be a "big decision" for him to make over whether or not Jones would start on Saturday.

Pulis said: "It will be a big decision, and that is not because of whether he is going to Swansea or not - it is just about whether or not I think it is right to start him.

"He did brilliantly the other night when he came on, a bit like Cameron (Jerome, who also scored).

"He really changed it for us and sometimes it is really nice to have those people on the bench."

Pulis is set to recall goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and midfielder Charlie Adam, both of whom he rested on Tuesday, for the Swansea match.

Andy Wilkinson came off against Palace due to a back problem and is a doubt, as is fellow full-back Ryan Shotton (hamstring), while winger Jermaine Pennant has returned to the Potters early from his loan spell at Wolves but will not feature at the weekend.

Defender Marc Wilson, out since breaking his leg in October, is back in training but not yet ready for selection, nor is midfielder Rory Delap (calf).


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