Belfast Telegraph

Pennant keen on Stoke stay

Jermaine Pennant would like to sign for Stoke permanently when his loan deal with the club runs out in January.

Pennant has put in some eye-catching displays since joining the Potters from Spanish side Real Zaragoza in August, not least on Saturday when his former employers Liverpool were beaten 2-0 at the Britannia Stadium. The winger seems to be rediscovering his best form under Tony Pulis and is ready to extend his stay with the Staffordshire outfit.

"I'm enjoying myself and the way things are going here, if the two clubs can agree something in January then I'll be more than happy to put pen to paper," Pennant told the Sentinel. "The manager has given me that platform to go and do what I can do."

He added: "He's told me he wants workrate off his wingers. He says they work harder than at any club in the league - and they definitely do. If I can do that to help out the team, then brilliant."

The Liverpool result made it two home victories in five days for Stoke following Tuesday's 3-2 triumph over Birmingham, another of Pennant's former sides.

The Britannia has been something of a fortress for the Potters in recent years and the 27-year-old has been impressed with the atmosphere generated there by the club's fans.

"I love it. When the crowd gets going here it's brilliant. It makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck," Pennant said.

Meanwhile, Stoke have confirmed that defender Robert Huth did not pick up his fifth booking of the campaign in Saturday's victory over Liverpool.

Reports had suggested Huth was shown a yellow card following a challenge on Fernando Torres, which would have led to the German being suspended for next weekend's trip to West Brom in the Barclays Premier League.

However, the Potters have confirmed that not to be the case, suggesting some confusion may have been caused by referee Mark Halsey dropping his cards.

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