Bolton keen but expect mounting interest in ex-Chelsea forward Eidur Gudjohnsen

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Bolton Wanderers are considering bringing Eidur Gudjohnsen back to the club, but expect interest in the ex-Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur man to mount.

You can imagine how difficult it is to keep the fact that you have invited a former Chelsea and Barcelona forward in for a trial under wraps.

In a world of 24 hour news and instant updates on social media, keeping anything a secret for long is virtually impossible.

Bolton Wanderers are, therefore, looking to act swiftly as they continue to cast an eye over Eidur Gudjohnsen.

A man who first rose to prominence while with the Trotters at the turn of the 21st Century is back in Lancashire and looking to extend a glittering playing career which has taken him from Iceland to Belgium via England, Spain, France and Greece.

Along the way he has collected numerous honours, including two Premier League titles, one La Liga crown and a Champions League winners’ medal.

Gudjohnsen, who also represented Tottenham Hotspur, Stoke City and Fulham during a second stint in England, is now 36 years of age, but Bolton are convinced that he could still do a job for them in the Championship.

The problem for Neil Lennon is that, having aired a superstar of a free agent in public during a recent friendly outing, interest in a man with an enviable CV is likely to intensify as discussions over terms are opened.

The former Celtic boss, who has been in charge at the Macron Stadium since mid-October, said in the Bolton News: “It wouldn’t surprise me. I just think that the fact he wants to still keep playing on is impressive.

“He has had a break and come back looking very fresh. He’s integrated really well. All that is left to do is assess where he is up to – but how do you assess Eidur Gudjohnsen? You know what I mean, we’ll have a good look at him.

“He’s certainly got the talent – that isn’t in question – it’s just the physical capacity and we haven’t made that decision yet. What I will say is that everything he’s been asked to do, he’s done it comfortably.”

Gudjohnsen’s game has never been about blistering pace or the ability to beat three men on a mazy dribble into the box.

He is all about composure on the ball, fantastic vision and the ability to pick a defence-splitting pass or provide a thunderbolt of a long-distance shot.

His advancing years should prove no barrier if he is offered the opportunity to return to England in the second-tier, with it possible that he could be deployed in a creative playmaking role and allowed to control proceedings from the middle of the park.

Bolton fans would likely welcome the opportunity to bring a former favourite back into the ranks, with some time having passed since a signing was made which really captured the imagination of the Macron Stadium faithful.

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