Chesterfield have made a high-profile signing, securing the services of former Arsenal, Fulham and West Ham winger Luis Boa Morte.
The Portuguese star has initially agreed a deal to join Chesterfield until the end of January, although he has not ruled-out the possibility of staying at the Proact Stadium beyond then.
Boa Morte, 35, opened talks with the Spireites following a chance meeting in London with his former Fulham team-mate Mark Crossley, who is assistant to Chesterfield caretaker-manager Tommy Wright.
“He asked me if I’d fancy coming up to Chesterfield and it went from there,” said Boa Morte. “The most important thing for me now is to play football and get going again. I’ll be here until the end of January but that doesn’t mean that I won’t stay until the end of the season.”
Caretaker-manager Wright is delighted to have landed a player of Boa Morte’s pedigree. He said: “To have a player of Luis’ quality coming to Chesterfield is a fantastic coup for us. It’s great that a player of his ability wants to play football. The financial aspect of the deal was no worry - he just wanted to come and play.”
Since arriving in this country from Portuguese side Sporting CP, Boa Morte has made more than 300 appearances in English football over a 14-year period.
He was a ‘double’ winner in 1998 with Arsenal, where he was one of Arsene Wenger's first signings as manager of the Gunners.
After a brief stint with Southampton, Boa Morte moved across London to Fulham were he firmly established himself as a favourite amongst the Craven Cottage faithful, picking up the club’s Player of the Season award in the 2004/2005 campaign.
In 2007, West Ham paid around £5million for his services and he spent four-and-a-half years at Upton Park before leaving by mutual consent in August 2011.
Boa Morte, who has represented Portugal on 28 occasions, has been training with Fulham of late following brief spells with South African club Orlando Pirates and MLS outfit Toronto FC.
Subject to the club receiving international clearance in time, Boa Morte will be available for Saturday’s game at home to Dagenham & Redbridge.