WREH OF LIGHT FOR CHERRIES
By Paul Higham. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
FORMER Arsenal striker Christopher Wreh has joined Division Two side Bournemouth for training, and could be the answer to their striking crisis.
Cherries boss Sean O'Driscoll has massive problems up front, after youngster Amos Foyewa broke his leg in the 2-2 draw at Cardiff.
The 19-year-old joins Steve Fletcher and Chukkie Eribenne on the long-term casualty list, while Warren Feeney is on international duty.
O'Driscoll is now down to the bare bones for Saturday's trip to Cambridge, with James Hayter the only fit striker available for the game.
Wreh could well join the club on a short-term deal in time for the Liberian to partner Hayter at the Abbey Stadium on Saturday.
"Christopher has just returned from playing for Liberia in some World Cup qualifiers and he is currently without a club," said O'Driscoll.
"He is training here for a week with a view to helping us solve our present striker crisis.
"He is keen to do well and we are keen for him to do well. I know his agent quite well and when someone with Christopher's pedigree and background comes along, it would be foolish not to have a look at them."
The 26-year-old was a part of Arsenal's double-winning side in 1998, but left in December after making 28 appearances.
After a loan spell at Birmingham, Wreh moved to Ducth side Den Bosch and Guingamp in France before moving to Saudi Arabia.
Bournemouth have struggled so far this season after losing Jermain Defoe, who returned to West Ham after setting the club alight last season, and O'Driscoll is now desperately searching for a new striker.
"We are only four games into the new season and we are already in the middle of a crisis.
"It's not something I am going to moan and groan about because we have just got to deal with it.
"Strikers are few and far between at the moment and picking the right one can also be difficult. You can either go for the untried youngster who has never played in the league before or an experienced old head, although they are hard to come by.
"Most clubs have got their squads sorted and settled by now and don't want to give their players away just in case they find themselves in the same situation we are in now.
"We have been trying for a long time to bring somebody in and we are waiting on a couple of phone calls. I would like to think something will be finalised before the weekend."