Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Wales International John Hartson could be on his way to the Deva Stadium

Former Wales striker John Hartson is wanted by Chester. It has been revealed today that the Coca-Cola League Two club have made an offer to sign the 32-year-old who is currently out of favour at West Bromwich Albion.

Hartson has yet to feature for Albion this season and recently spent time out on loan at Norwich City Football Club.

Chester City chairman Stephen Vaughan is hoping to add the Welshman to boss Bobby Williamson's ranks but is yet to receive a reply from the Coca-Cola Chester want to take Hartson on loan and then making the move permanent in the January transfer window. What an acquisition this would be!

'HARTS' joined Albion from Celtic for an undisclosed fee in June 2006, putting pen to paper on a two-year deal.

He made the perfect start to his Baggies career the following month, scoring twice on his debut in an opening-day victory over Hull.

During 2005/06, the powerhouse striker fired 20 goals in 41 games for Celtic, including seven as a substitute, as Gordon Strachan's men pulled off the SPL and League Cup double.

Hartson started his career at Luton as a trainee before being snapped up by Arsenal, where he bagged a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup runners-up medal after losing to Real Zaragoza in 1995.

Harry Redknapp took the 6ft 1in hitman to West Ham in February 1997 and he notched an impressive 33 goals in 73 appearances for the Hammers.

Wimbledon signed him for a club-record £7.5million in January 1999 but, following relegation, he joined Coventry for a brief spell before Martin O'Neill splashed out £6.5million to take him to Parkhead.

Hartson quickly became a firm fans' favourite with the Hoops, scoring nine times against Rangers in Old Firm clashes.

He won three league titles, two FA Cups and one League Cup during his time north of the border.

In addition to his wealth of Champions League experience, he helped the Glasgow club reach the 2003 UEFA Cup Final.

The Swansea-born ace retired from international football to focus on his club career in February 2005 after scoring 14 times in 51 appearances for his country.

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