Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has dropped a hint that he is likely to try and keep winger Jermaine Pennant beyond the end of his loan spell in January.
The 27-year-old has made seven appearances since his arrival from Real Zaragoza, with Pulis impressed by the performances of the former Arsenal and Liverpool wideman.
He told The Sentinel:"I wouldn't say Jermaine is on trial here, he is too good a player to say that. I have been really pleased with him and impressed with his attitude in training.
"When we signed Matt Etherington, he had been written off really and he wasn't in the West Ham team.
"But Matty has been a revelation. His performances have been top drawer.
"We're hoping we can do the same for Jermaine – give him a new start, a new opportunity and a chance to prove what a good player he is.
"The big thing with Jermaine is getting him at a place where he is comfortable and happy and then making sure you look after him properly."
Meanwhile, Pulis has dismissed rumours linking him with a move for Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Lucas, adding: "I haven't spoken to Roy Hodgson since he went to Liverpool."