Wolves sign Jermaine Pennant on three month emergency loan

Wolves this afternoon snapped up Stoke right winger Jermaine Pennant on a three-month emergency loan.

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The 29-year-old former Arsenal, Liverpool, Real Zaragoza and Birmingham star has signed on a temporary basis as Wolves reel from injuries to three wingers Slawomir Peszko, Razak Boukari and Stephen Hunt.

Pennant is expected to go straight into Championship action when Wolves return from the international break away to Huddersfield on Saturday, October 20.

Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey said: “Stale Solbakken wanted a high quality replacement and we’re very pleased Stoke have agreed for Jermaine to join us for an initial three-month period.

“He’s a high quality player and Stale is delighted to have secured his services until at least the new year.”

The Stoke wideman is one of several wingers Wolves were looking at in the Premier League along with Manchester United youngster Robbie Brady.

Ironically, Pennant is only available as Stoke signed Michael Kightly from Wolves for £3m this summer, restricting the former England Under-21 international to two appearances this season, against Arsenal in the Premier League and Swindon in the Capital One Cup.

The Nottingham-born wide midfielder has had a chequered career on and off the pitch since Arsenal paid £2m to Notts County to sign him as a 15-year-old in 1999.

He failed to establish himself at the Gunners, and after loan spells with Watford, Leeds and Birmingham, joined Blues on a permanent basis in July 2005.

It was at St Andrew’s that year however where he had to play in an electronic tag after a drink-driving conviction.

But also at Blues he proved himself as a quality player and was rated as the best crosser of a ball in the Premier League.

His form at St Andrew’s won him a £6.7m move to Liverpool, where he spent three years and was the Reds’ best player in their 2007 Champions’ League final defeat to AC Milan in Athens.

From there he had a short, unsuccessful spell in Spain with Real Zaragoza before joining Stoke, firstly on loan in August 2010 before making a £1.725m permanent switch in January 2011, going on to play 57 League games.

Pennant, who has scored 15 goals in 246 career League games, tweeted this afternoon: “The gaffa said I can go out on Loan to get some games! I was as shocked as much as some of you’s will and I can promise we have not fell out.”