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/pp 1 Giorgos Karagounis – An oldie but a goodie? This week it was announced that Greek legend and perennial tantrum thrower Giorgos Karagounis was joining Fulham at the ripe old age of 35. The midfielder’s move got talkSPORT thinking about other foreign legends who embarked on a Premier League Swansong./p
p Here are just a handful… Edgar Davids – 32 when he joined Tottenham Hotspur – MISS Edgar Davids’ arrival at Tottenham Hotspur in 2005 rightly caused consternation rather than excitement among the more discerning Lilywhite faithful. Just weeks prior to his arrival at White Hart Lane, Davids had seen his contract with Internazionale cancelled, with the Italian giants growing concerned that at 32 his best years were behind him./p
p However, that didn’t stop Martin Jol from signing his fellow countryman. The ‘Pitbull’ brought with him bags of experience and, despite Spurs enjoying two consecutive fifth place finishes during his time at the club, by his second season Davids was far beyond his prime and left at the end of the 2006/07 campaign.!–more–/p
p Youri Djorkaeff – 34 when he joined Bolton – HIT When Youri Djorkaeff arrived at the Reebok in 2002, he did so as a legend of French football and a key member of the 1998 World Cup-winning side. Having spent his career playing alongside the likes of Zinedine Zidane and Marcel Desailly, Djorkaeff now found himself on a teamsheet containing Paul Warhurst and Ricardo Gardner.a href=
p Ever the model professional, Djorkaeff got on with the job and helped Sam Allardyce’s side maintain Premier League status, finishing the season as the club’s top scorer with seven goals. Under Allardyce, Djorkaeff showed that even at 35 he still had it, and inspired Bolton to an eighth place finish the next season, before strolling off into the sunset./p
p George Weah – 34 when he joined Chelsea on loan – MISS When Chelsea managed to land former World and three-time African Player of the Year George Weah on loan in January 2000, Blues fans were licking their lips. While Weah’s time at Chelsea was fondly remembered by the club’s fans for his debut winner against Tottenham Hotspur, his time in the Premier League would be short-lived – although not as short-lived as that of his supposed ‘cousin’, infamous Southampton player Ali Dia!/p
p Ruud Gullit – 32 when he joined Chelsea – HIT From one football legend (Weah, not Dia) to another, Ruud Gullit’s arrival at Chelsea in 1995 signalled changing times in West London. Signed on a free transfer by Glenn Hoddle, the 32-year-old Gullit had issues with a troublesome knee injury and his move looked like that of a player winding down his career./p
p However, despite some initial difficulties, Gullit adjusted to life in the Premier League in majestic fashion and ended the season as runner-up to Eric Cantona for the Footballer of the Year award. Gullit’s move to England would be seen as an important stepping stone in the ‘foreign revolution’ to hit the Premier League and would be a precursor to the arrival of Gianfranco Zola at the club, as well as their first major trophy in 26 years./p
p Davor Suker – 31 when he joined Arsenal – MISS After three years and a Champions League success at Real Madrid, not to mention the 1998 World Cup Golden Boot, Croatian legend Davor Suker opted to try his hand in the Premier League with Arsenal. Joining ahead of the 1999/2000 season, Suker was recruited by Arsene Wenger to bolster his strikeforce, with the club attempting to win the league title back from Manchester United./p
p However, the Gunners were left trailing by Fergie’s treble winners and despite bagging eight goals in 22 league appearances, Wenger persisted with another of his summer signings, a misfiring Frenchman up front. Suker was allowed to leave after just one season, joining West Ham, while Arsenal’s French attacker eventually came good. Some bloke called Henry?/p
p Laurent Blanc – 35 when he joined Manchester United – HIT Throughout the mid-’90s Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson had tried to sign French international Laurent Blanc, but had always come up short. That was until 2001. Following Jaap Stam’s premature sale by Fergie to Lazio, the Scot identified 35-year-old Blanc as the perfect replacement./p
p Despite initially being criticised for his below-par performances and undoubtedly past his very best, Blanc proved the doubters wrong by helping United win the Premier League in 2003. Do you agree with our selections of ‘golden oldie’ hits and misses? Will Giorgos Karagounis succeed at Fulham?/p
p Have your say on these topics by commenting below… Leeds United and Leicester City are among the English sides interested in signing Braga defender Bruno Viana, talkSPORT has learned. The Brazilian centre-back, 24, is enjoying a fine season with the Portuguese side who continue to push the traditional top three. 1 Braga ace Bruno Viana challenges Porto star Moussa Marega for a header./p
p Viana has played a huge role in their defence, which has only conceded 28 goals in 28 league games, keeping them fourth, within three points of Sporting Lisbon.a href= It’s understood Leeds are considering a move for the player, who could cost between ?8million and ?10million. Meanwhile, Leicester City have sent scouts to keep an eye on his performances as they mull over their summer option, which remain up in the air with head of recruitment Eduardo Macia leaving the club./p
p Wolves and Watford also retain an interest in Viana, while it’s previously been reported he’s on a shortlist to replace Wallace at Lazio, should his compatriot leave the Italian side. LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES gossip Man United news live: Dutch ace wanted as new right-back, West Ham star on radar gossip Liverpool news live: Salah ‘rejects ?150million exit’, Ajax set Ziyech price latest Man United target Dutch defender, Spurs to sell Rose and sign Sessegnon review Women’s World Cup: Netherlands breeze past Cameroon, Canada beat hapless New Zealand gesture Amazing reason Marta pointed to her boots after scoring opener for Brazil royal return AC Milan appoint club legends Boban and Maldini in new roles at the club ‘i was fed up’ The reason why Chelsea midfielder Jorginho nearly quit football latest Arsenal transfer news live: Top target ‘not for sale’, Ziyech to cost just ?30m GOING NOWHERE Bournemouth send firm response to Arsenal over Ryan Fraser interest London bound?/p
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