Pulis pleased with dealings
Tony Pulis is delighted his hard work in the transfer market has paid off after adding a number of players.
Last Updated: 01/09/10 12:49pm
Stoke manager Tony Pulis is delighted his hard work in the transfer market has paid off after adding a number of players on deadline day.
On a busy Tuesday for the Potters, they bolstered their squad with the signings of Marc Wilson, Jermaine Pennant and Salif Diao, while pulling off a major coup with the capture of Eidur Gudjohnsen.
Gudjohnsen and Wilson have penned permanent deals at the Britannia Stadium while Diao arrives back at Stoke on new terms and Pennant joins on loan from Real Zaragoza until January.
Pulis believes the new additions will provide that extra bit of quality that his team needs, and hopes they can hit the ground running.
"It's been busy, it's been a busy three months trying to get players into the football club," he told Sky Sports News. "All the hard work has hopefully paid off.
"It's the way the club's moved on. What we've got to do is make sure they come in the football club and have the same attitude as the rest of the players around the place.
"If they do that, with that little bit of quality you hope it will make us a better team."
Striker Gudjohnsen has signed a one-year permanent deal with Stoke after moving from Monaco, despite initial reports that he had joined on a season-long loan.
Pulis added: "I've spoken to lots of people about him, he's a fantastic professional. To play where he's played and to have the record that he's got, that speaks volumes for the lad and his character.
"He'll do a mini pre-season in the next 12 days with Salif (Diao) and then we hope that he'll be close when we play Villa (on 13th September).
"Whether he starts or he's on the bench - that will be determined by how hard he works over the next 12 days.
"He's a fantastic player and he'll bring the bit more quality that we want. Him and Pennant, we're looking for them to come in and make an impact.
"The lad Wilson, we paid £1.5million to Portsmouth for him, plus the two players going that way, we think that's good business for a good, young player who we think will grow with the football club.
"The thing is with Marc, Marc has played a few games in the Premiership anyway so he's got Premiership experience.
"He's got good qualities and we hope he's another one who will come into the football club and grow with the football club."
On loan signing Pennant, Pulis remarked: "We spoke right at the start of pre-season to find out what the situation was, it was too difficult a deal then to do.
"As we got closer to the deadline the deal got more viable to us as a football club and we're very pleased."