Aston Villa

Premier League Veteran Striker On A Free? (Not Owen or Heskey)

With the transfer window now closed, attention now switches to those players who are still without a club after being released at the end of last season. Free agents are able to move outside of the window and a number of high-profile names are still looking to be picked up.

The likes of Michael Owen, Emile Heskey and Alessandro Del Piero have all been linked with English clubs but are yet to put pen to paper on any deals. Despite not yet finding the right club, they have at least been talked about as possible transfer targets.

The same cannot be said, though, for former Aston Villa and West Ham striker John Carew, whose future remains in doubt after being released from Upton Park in May.

The Norway international has gone well off the radar after a poor season in the Championship for the Irons and it seems that his career in England may be over.

The 6′ 5″ forward was declared bankrupt in March of this year and has suffered plenty of controversy in his time playing in claret and blue after he was fined two weeks wages by then Villa manager Martin O’Neill for visiting a lap dancing club on the eve of a UEFA Cup tie.

So who could move for the 32-year old if he was stay in the Football League, or even the Premier League?

Liverpool and Tottenham both have high-profile shortages in attack but Carew would not be of the quality needed to fill the void whilst the rest of the Premier League seem to be settled on their strike-forces for the season.

In the Championship, Leeds United only have three frontline strikers but would most probably be unwilling to give in to the high wage demands of the ex-Valencia man whilst few other clubs at the level would have the financial weight to bring in such a prestigious name.

It seems that his future lies away from England, with Spanish side Racing Santander being linked with a move for a man who scored just two goals in 19 appearances in the second tier of English football last season.

Wherever he ends up the manager will have a big job on their hands to get one of Scandanavia’s more talented players back to his best goalscoring form.

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