Former Newcastle United and Portsmouth star Lomana Lua Lua is currently training with Evo-Stik League First Division North new-boys South Shields.
The thirty six year old striker has been training with the Mariners as they put the finishing touches to their preparations for the new season.
Lua Lua began his professional career with Colchester United, making just over sixty appearances for the U’s before joining Newcastle United in a £2.25m move.
After a slow start to life under Sir Bobby Robson, Lua Lua went on to appear for the Magpies in their Champions League campaign during the 2002/03 season.
He scored his first goal in the Champions League as Robson’s side made it into the Group Stages with a 5-0 aggregate win over Bosnian club NK Zeljeznicar.
The DR Congo international also found the net in a 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the Second Ground phase of that season’s competition.
The form of Magpies striker Alan Shearer and Craig Bellamy meant that first team opportunities were limited for Lua Lua and he joined Portsmouth on a three-month loan deal in February 2004.
That loan move was made permanent three months later and Lua Lua went on to make over seventy appearances for Pompey before leaving Greek club Olympiakos in 2007.
Since his time in Greece, the striker has gone on to play for clubs in Cyprus and Turkey and also spent the 2011/12 season with Blackpool.
His last club were ?anl?urfaspor but he has been a free agent since leaving the Turkish second tier club last year.
As yet it is unclear whether the striker will join the Mariners, who face Sunderland U23s on Wednesday night before rounding off their pre-season campaign with a trip to Whitby Town on Saturday.
South Shields travel to Trafford on the opening day of the Evo-Stik League season on Saturday 12th August.
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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