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Wanderers fans who were hoping that Neil Lennon would be injecting youth into the side look away now, as the manager targets a 72-year-old new strikeforce.

Emile Heskey, seen her up against Jay-Jay Okocha, could return to English football in a sensational move to Bolton
Emile Heskey, seen her up against Jay-Jay Okocha, could return to English football in a sensational move to Bolton
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As the Christmas cheer builds in the approach to the festive season it seems Neil Lennon has had a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past, as he lines up two veteran strikers to bolster his attacking options.

Rumours have been rife for weeks that former fans' favourite Eidur Gudjohnsen will be offered a deal by the club, and he has now appeared in two matches for the Development Squad. But news out of Bolton this morning suggests the Icelandic striker could be joined by fellow golden oldie Emile Heskey - in a move which could see Wanderers line-up with a combined strikeforce of 72 years of age.

The former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker - who scored 7 times in 62 appearances for England - is without a club since leaving Australian side Newcastle Jets, for whom he scored 10 goals in 42 appearances but just once in 19 appearances in his final season, and appears to be on the verge of signing for Bolton.

Heskey of course knows Lennon well, having been teammates in their time at Leicester City in the late 1990s, and the former Northern Ireland midfielder clearly believes the big striker can add something as Wanderers look to climb away from the Championship relegation zone.

It remains to be seen whether Heskey, and Gudjohnsen for that matter, still have the quality to thrive at Championship level, but their experience and star quality can only be of benefit to some of our younger players. It could be invaluable for the likes of Conor Wilkinson, who signed a new contract at Bolton this week, Chris Lester and even Josh Vela to work with players of the calibre of Heskey and Gudjohnsen.

It remains to be seen whether one or both do sign, and in what capacity. But it does beg the question of which out of contract golden oldies are next to join the Wanderers Geriatrics Club. Thierry Henry? Alessandro Del Piero? Ronaldinho? Steven Gerrard? In Lennon we trust!