Bolton man wants ex-Tottenham teammate signing

Dorian Dervite is keen to see Eidur Gudjohnsen seal a return to Bolton Wanderers.

Gudjohnsen left Bolton in 2000, having led the club to two Division One Play-Off’s in his two-year spell in Greater Manchester.

He departed to sign for Chelsea with whom he won two Premier League titles, before furthering his career with Spanish giants Barcelona. He played a key part in Pep Guardiola’s debut season as Barca head coach, and he became the first Icelandic professional to win the Champions League trophy - although he was only an unused substitute in the final.

The 36-year-old left Spain to sign for Monaco in 2009, although he made just nine appearances in his lone season in Ligue 1, signing for Tottenham Hotspur on loan in January 2010 until the end of the season. He made 11 appearances and scored one goal on his return to the Premier League and he decided to stay in England at the expiration of his deal, signing for Stoke, and then going on an unsuccessful loan to Fulham.

He is currently a free agent following spells with AEK Athens, Cercle Brugge and Club Brugge, and the ageing forward has been training with former club Bolton in an attempt to work his way back into the game. He is said to be keen on returning to the Iceland fold for Euro 2016 qualifying, having not appeared since their World Cup qualification play-off defeat by Croatia, and Trotters boss Neil Lennon is set to offer him a short-term deal dependant upon his performance in a behind-closed-doors friendly scheduled for this week.

Fans were chanting Gudjohnsen’s name at the weekend, as the Trotters struggled to a 1-1 draw with Blackpool, and Dorian Dervite - who played for Spurs at the same time as the Icelandic forward - is keen to see the ageing star complete a return to the Macron Stadium.

“He’s someone who would always be a benefit to us,” the defender told the Bolton News. “We will see in a few weeks if he’s still with us, but I hope he will be.

“He’s a class player, I was with him at Spurs. He hasn’t changed much.

“One the ball he has vision, he’s clever, and I think he would be a good addition to the squad.”

“He’s always been good with the lads and he’s fitted in really well.

“He is a player who you can rely on when you play the ball to his feet. He has the final pass, the final touch. I think he’s still as good as he was.”

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