Pulis eager to keep Griffin

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Tony Pulis is looking to agree a deal to keep Andy Griffin at Stoke City permanently.

Griffin has spent the past three months on loan at Stoke from Portsmouth, but returns to Fratton Park after Saturday's game with QPR.

The full-back has impressed back at his first club, scoring two goals in 16 appearances for the Championship high-flyers.

He recently admitted he would be happy to sign a long-term deal at The Britannia Stadium after slipping out of Harry Redknapp's plans at Portsmouth.

Potters boss Pulis has now confirmed he will be pulling out all the stops to arrange a deal for Griffin when the transfer window reopens.

"It's Andy's last game on Saturday, but we are hoping it's cheerio rather than goodbye because we will do everything possible to make sure we see him back at The Britannia," said Pulis.

"I'd love Griff on a permanent basis because I've really enjoyed working with him.

"He lives local, loves the club and has a first-class attitude.

"He's been one of the unsung heroes during our upturn in results, but deserves just as much credit as anyone else. He's a top player and a top bloke."