Neil Lennon comments on why Bolton have yet to sign Chelsea legend

Bolton are holding talks with the former Chelsea, Tottenham and Barcelona forward.

Gudjohnsen returned to Bolton last month, planning to train with the Greater Manchester club in the search for a return to competitive football.

The forward, who spent two years with the Trotters in the late 1990’s, has been out of contract since the summer, but he is keen to find a club so he can search for a way back into the Iceland international set-up, with e country progressing well on the search for qualification for Euro 2016.

Despite his increasing age - he turned 36-years-old earlier this year - Gudjohnsen is remarkably talented, and Bolton boss Neil Lennon is keen to offer the forward a short-term deal at the Macron Stadium to aid his struggling club. He made his first appearance in a white shirt in 14 years on Tuesday, playing 75 minutes of a behind-closed-doors friendly with Bury - which Wanderers won 3-1 - and the club legend is due to feature in a similar fixture next week.

The Bolton News has reported that talks are progressing well between Trotters' chairman Phil Gartside and the player, although any decision will be put on hold until Gudjohnsen has proven his match fitness to the management staff at the club. Quoted in the same article, Lennon admitted that he has been impressed by the technical side of Gudjohnsen’s play, and it is just his ‘physical capacity’ that is being questioned - with an intense run of Championship fixtures coming up over the festive period.

The former Celtic boss said: “He’s done absolutely everything we’ve asked of him so far. We just needed to see him play football.

“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.”

Any deal for the ageing forward is likely to be delayed until he has had a chance to impress in next week’s friendly.

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