NEIL Lennon has not ruled out the prospect of Eidur Gudjohnsen making a shock playing return at Wanderers.

The 36-year-old Icelander, currently a free agent, has been training with the first team at Euxton since the start of last week in an agreement orchestrated by former Whites skipper Gudni Bergsson.

Although it is not yet known whether a deal for the highly-decorated striker is within financial reach, Lennon has confirmed his arrival at the club – nearly 14 years since his last game for Bolton – has been with a view to earning a short-term contract.

It is understood a decision will be made by the end of the week but the Northern Irishman raised fans’ hopes with his comments in an interview with the BBC aired on Monday night.

“He was playing in Belgium up until the end of the season and we got a phone call from his agent, Gudni Bergsson, and he said Eidur has got the bit between his teeth, he wants to give it another go,” he said.

“Iceland are going well and he’d like the opportunity to play for them again.

“He asked us would we take him in and take a good look at him so that’s what we’re doing at the moment.

“He’s always been a class player. You don’t play for Barcelona for three or four seasons or Monaco without being a good player.”

Gudjohnsen played 73 times and scored 27 goals in his first spell at Wanderers between 1998 and 2000, the last of which was a play-off semi-final first leg against Ipswich Town.

He left Club Brugge in the summer but is keen to add to his 78 international caps with Iceland, who have made an encouraging start to the European Championship qualifying campaign.

Meanwhile, Lennon has also intonated that he will have cash to spend in January if he needs it.

After taking four wins from his first six games in charge and leading Wanderers out of the relegation zone, there appears less of a need for sweeping changes on the playing front which looked necessary on his arrival a month ago.

“We’re talking about it a lot but at the moment I’m quite happy to work with the players I’ve got. Once you start talking chapters about bringing players in it spooks the players you currently have,” he said.

“I wanted to go in initially and see what we’ve got and then maybe look towards January. If there’s a player we can afford and we like, and then maybe bring them in.”