Stoke smash wages record to land Carew
Published 23:00 20/01/11 By James Nursey
Stoke will make Aston Villa striker John Carew the highest-paid player in their history when they seal a loan deal today.
Villa's £24m capture Darren Bent from Sunderland has paved the way for Carew's departure from Villa Park.
England striker Bent, 26, has penned a four-and-a-half-year contract at Villa believed to be worth £70,000-a-week, but Villa owner Randy Lerner still wants to reduce the club's annual £70million wage bill.
Carew, 31, will spend the rest of the season on loan at Stoke - who will pick up his £52,500-a-week salary.
Manager Tony Pulis is gambling on the big Norwegian firing the Potters into the Europa Cup spots.
Stoke steamed in for Carew just when West Brom thought they had landed him on a short-term deal.
Carew's contract at Villa expires in the summer and Pulis has offered him the chance to get regular games before deciding on his future in June.
Stoke No2 Dave Kemp said: "Carew is a quality player, a very experienced, top-level Premier League striker who will bring much to our team."
Carew fell out big-time with Villa when he did not get back in time for the Christmas programme, then ruled himself out through injury when he finally made it back to Birmingham.
"Carew said he was stuck in snow in Norway," said Villa boss Gerard Houllier at the time.
Stoke are expecting to pay for the deal by selling Ricardo Fuller to Sunderland.
MirrorSport revealed on Tuesday that Fuller, 31, had a huge bust-up with Pulis last week over the club's failure to give him a new contract.
Fuller's £40,000-a-week terms at Stoke expires next year and he felt he deserved an extension.