Wolves sign winger Jermaine Pennant from Stoke City on loan

Wolverhampton Wanderers have signed Jermaine Pennant from Stoke City on an emergency three-month loan.

The former Liverpool winger arrives following a spate of injuries to wide men that has robbed Wolves of summer signings Razak Boukari and Slawomir Peszko, as well as Stephen Hunt.

The 29-year-old's chances have proved limited since Michael Kightly moved the other way from Wolves in the summer.

Jermaine Pennant off the field...

  • 2003 - Sent home from an England Under-21 training camp for breaking a curfew.
  • 2004 - Banned from driving for 16 months after being seen travelling in the wrong lane in Paddington, west London.
  • 2005 - Becomes the first footballer to play in the Premiership while wearing an electronic tag. He had served 21 days in jail after being found guilty of drink driving while banned and having no insurance.
  • 2005 - Sent home from training by Birmingham City after turning up under the influence of alcohol.
  • 2005 - Alleged to have become involved in an argument with a man outside a restaurant on the Greek island of Zante, which reportedly led to the man punching him.
  • 2012 - Avoids jail sentence after admitting driving home from a nightclub while drunk, having admitted being twice over the legal limit, driving while disqualified and without insurance.

Pennant's previous stay in the West Midlands was with Birmingham City.

Blues signed the notorious former England Under-21 international, initally on loan, from Arsenal in January 2005, before he earned a big-money move to Liverpool in the summer of 2006.

"We're very pleased Stoke have agreed for Jermaine Pennant to join us on loan for an initial three-month period," said Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey.

"Our manager Stale Solbakken wanted to find a high-quality replacement for our injured wingers.

"He is a high-quality player and Stale is delighted to have secured his services until at least the new year."

Nottingham-born Pennant started his league career at Arsenal, making headlines when Arsene Wenger paid £2m for him as a 15-year-old Notts County youth team player in 1999.

But he failed to live up to expectations with the Gunners, and was loaned out first to Watford and Leeds United before being signed by Steve Bruce for Blues.

He then made 81 appearances for Liverpool after Rafa Benitez brought him to Anfield for £6.7m.

After being released by Liverpool in the summer of 2009 following a loan move to Portsmouth, Pennant then spent a relatively unsuccessful season at Spanish club Real Zaragoza.

He has played 77 times in the top flight for Stoke since joining them on loan from Zaragoza in August 2010 before signing for £2.8m on a two-and-a-half-year deal four months later.