February 1, 2009
Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United have both made enquiries as to the availability of former Feyenoord, Celtic and Manchester United star striker Henrik Larsson about a possible Premier League return.
Aged 37 now, Larsson is a free agent after being out of contract with his former side Helsingborgs where, in his first stint at the club, scored 50 goals in 56 appearances, leaving for Dutch side Feyenoord in 1993 for four years before moving to Scottish giants Celtic, where he spent seven hugely successful seasons.
The former Swedish International is now a free agent, although he has had provisional talks with his former club Helsingborg about a return in March, there has been interest from at least two Premier League sides, with Bolton Wanderers boss Gary Megson and West Ham Utd manager Gianfranco Zola reportedly having enquired about his availability.
Larsson, who has already made a short-term loan spell in the English top-tier with Manchester United in 2007, could make a return to the Premiership on a short-term deal. Larsson's agent, Rob Jansen, confirmed the interest, but expects the veteran striker to move back to his former club when the Swedish football season starts in March, saying: “Premier League clubs are interested in Henrik, but we’ll negotiate a contract with Helsingborg.”
I am absolutely amazed that at the age of 37 the guy is still going strong. When Sir Alex signed him for United in 2007 I thought he was mad. What on earth was he doing signing up a washed out former star. Then he turned up and although he didn't score a mountain of goals his work rate and the experience he passed onto the other players was invaluable.
He actually finished up two games short of getting a winners medal for the Premier League but having been given the chance to stay for those games to earn his medal he chose to go, as he had always planned. That says a lot about the guy. He plays because he loves the game and if he wins a medal then so be it.
If not, then it makes no difference to him. He would be an invaluable asset to either of Bolton or West Ham and I for one would be very happy to see him playing in the Premier League again.....More United News From Carly Here