Wolves this afternoon snapped up Stoke right-winger Jermaine Pennant on a three-month emergency loan.
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 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 loans 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. His form at St Andrew’s won him a £6.7m move to Liverpool, where he spent three years and from there he had a short, spell in Spain with Real Zaragoza before joining Stoke.
Pennant, who has scored 15 goals in 246 League games, tweeted: “The gaffa said I can go on loan to get some games! I was shocked.”