John Carew may no longer be an Aston Villa player, but that has not stopped the retired striker from giving his former club some transfer advice.
With Paul Lambert’s side seemingly on the lookout for new recruits, Carew has taken to Twitter to point the Villans in a particular direction.
According to him, they could do a lot worse than take a look at Norwegian midfielder Stefan Marius Johansen, who currently plays for Stromsgodset and is also reportedly attracting the interest of Celtic.
Calling Johansen a “Duracell rabbit with tekkers”, Carew said the 23-year-old would be a good addition to Lambert’s side, and if reports are to be believed, he could be available for just £2million, meaning they may have to move quickly.
With just a year left on his current contract, a January move looks possible. And that was given extra credence by former player and current pundit Jan Aage Fjortoft, who told STV, “He is, to use the cliché, a modern midfielder.
“I think it is likely he will leave in this transfer window. The season in Norway goes in a calendar year, so he can stay here and see his contract out until 2014.
“But I understand there is no chance he will extend his contract. So I think it is very likely he will move on in this transfer window.”
Johansen scored four goals and provided seven assists in the Tippeligaen last season; and with the midfielder having been crowned Player of the Year in Norway, Lambert may have just got a little help off the pitch from a man more used to doing his work on it.
You can see Carew's tweets below:
Well Villans , we should defo take a closer look at norwegian midfielder Stefan Marius Johansen , would be a good addition to our team— John Carew (@JCarew10) January 6, 2014
Player Of The Year* back home , young , heart of a lion , duracell rabbit with tekkers , humble and hard working— John Carew (@JCarew10) January 6, 2014
Should Aston Villa make a move for Stefan Johansen?
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