Stoke City F.C. forward Peter Odemwingie has put pen to paper on a one-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2016.
The Nigeria international, who joined Stoke from Cardiff City in a player-swap deal involving Kenwyne Jones in January 2014, spent the majority of the 2014/15 English Premier League season on the sidelines due to a serious knee injury, and is looking forward to repaying the club for awarding him with a new deal.
“I’m very happy that the Club have shown me tremendous support after some very tough times,” Odemwingie told the club’s official website.
“I’m happy that Stoke trust my ability in helping to improve and push the team on to greater things, so I’m delighted to still be a part of that.
“I have had to really push myself hard, so this new contract extension is a reward for all the effort I have put in but also for the medical staff that did a great job supporting me along the way.
“I really want to repay the Club for having faith in me and I’m thankful for the support that everybody connected with the Club has given me.”
Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes added: “We’re delighted that Peter has extended his stay with us at the club until the summer of 2016.
“He suffered an unfortunate injury last season after making a big impression immediately after joining the club. Peter has worked incredibly hard to battle back from this to regain full fitness.
“He’s a popular figure not just in the dressing room but with club staff and supporters so we are thrilled to keep him on board this season.”
Over the past two seasons, Odemwingie has tallied five goals and one assist in 22 Premier League appearances for the Potters.
The 33-year-old forward will face competition from the likes of Bojan Krkić, Joselu, Mame Biram Diouf, Marko Arnautović and Peter Crouch for a first-team place under Tim Sherwood next season.
Villa agree deal for Idrissa Gueye
Aston Villa have reached an agreement for the transfer of Lille OSC defensive midfielder Idrissa Gueye, according to Sky Sports.
The Senegal international, 25, arrived in Birmingham on Tuesday ahead of contract talks and a medical after the clubs agreed a £9 million fee for the player.
If the deal–which would be Villa’s largest transfer fee since the arrival of Charles N’Zogbia from Wigan Athletic in 2011–goes through, Gueye would become Tim Sherwood’s third summer recuit following the arrivals of Micah Richards and Scott Sinclair from Manchester City.