Veteran forward in talks over move to China
Bolton Wanderers forward Eidur Gudjohnsen, is in talks over a lucrative move to China, according to the Bolton News.
The 36-year-old, who is yet to agree a new deal at the Macron Stadium, was not present as the Trotters linked up for the start of their pre-season schedule, after reportedly holding talks with an un-named club in China.
Gudjohnsen returned to Bolton on a short-term contract last December, playing a key role in the fortunes of the club during the second-half of the campaign, and was widely expected to remain at Bolton for another 12 months, ahead of next summers’ European Championships.
However, despite recent speculation from the Far-East, the Bolton News also claimed that due to Gudjohnsen’s international commitments with Iceland, a late return was agreed in advance with manager Neil Lennon.
One last pay-day?
The former Chelsea and Barcelona talisman has spent time at various European clubs in recent years, including AEK Athens, Club Brugge, Stoke City and Tottenham, with reports in his homeland suggesting that the veteran could be on the verge of a switch to China.
Gudjohnsen may not have been present at the Wanderers’ Euxton Training Ground, however Emile Heskey, Alex Baptiste and Jay Spearing all returned following their respective summer breaks.
Free-agents, Wilson Palacios and Stephen Dobbie, also linked up with Bolton on the first-day, as they look to iron out deals to gain permanent contracts at the beleaguered Championship club.
Versatile Honduran international Palacios was recently released by Stoke City, meanwhile Stephen Dobbie left Crystal Palace last month, having spent last term on loan at Fleetwood Town.
By Ben Reardon