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Jermaine Pennant in line for bizarre Singapore switch

Jermaine Pennant’s career path could be about to take another unlikely turn.

ITV Sport cite Red Card Sports Radio as reporting that the former Arsenal and Liverpool winger is set to have a week-long trial with Singapore club Tampines Rovers.

Tampine, whose season in the Asian Champions League begins later this month, seemed to confirm the speculation by retweeting Red Card’s post linking to the story, ITV Sport adds.

The 32-year-old has previously played abroad for FC Pune City and Real Zaragoza, and his latest move is another which may not have been on his agenda as a promising teenager.

Arsenal paid Notts County £2m to sign 15-year-old Pennant – fee reported by The Guardian – and he became the Gunners’ youngest ever player when he made his 1999 debut.

But he failed to break into the first team and, after four loan spells, he left permanently for one season at Birmingham City, before getting another big chance at Liverpool in 2006.

He made 81 appearances in three seasons for the Reds, including one in the 2007 Champions League final, and later had spells at Stoke City and Portsmouth among others.

Pennant surprisingly popped up at Wigan Athletic last season. He left in the summer following their relegation from the Championship and has been without a club ever since.

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