Former Liverpool and Arsenal winger Jermaine Pennant is undecided on whether to join big-spending Bostik League club Billericay Town.
The thirty four year old would become the latest former Premier League star to join the Blues, joining former Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara and former Fulham left back Paul Konchesky at the AGP Arena.
Now, ten years after starting a Champions League Final, Pennant could join Billericay despite interest from Scottish club Hibernian.
If he does he would join a club targeting the Football League under ambitious owner Glenn Tamplin.
Pennant is believed to have been offered a two-year deal worth £3,000 a week, an offer that would take the Blues wage bill over £30,000 a week.
Speaking to The Sun, Tamplin said “Jermaine will be a great signing and will help us get to where we want to go.
“We all know he is a top player. He is good mates with Jamie O’Hara and when he heard about what we are doing, he let it know he wanted to come here.
“The fact Jermaine chose us over Hibs shows how much we are growing.
“Jermaine’s ability will make us even stronger and his experience will help our younger players reach the next level.”
Pennant played for the Blues on Saturday as they were beaten at home by Vanarama National League side Leyton Orient.
After the game he admitted that he had a “few offers” from home and abroad but had made no decision on where his future lies.
“I’ve had a few offers from abroad and Scotland,” Pennant told BBC Essex.
“I’ve come down here and it’s been good to get some minutes under my belt.
“I’ve not signed anything yet, so let’s not jump the gun,” Pennant said. “I know a few of the boys here and the club have big ambitions.
“If I sign, then brilliant, but if I go somewhere else, I don’t need to prove anything to anyone any more.
“If a good offer comes in, I’ve got to look at what’s right for me and my family.”
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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