Scharner has Eintracht chance
Former West Bromwich Albion midfielder Paul Scharner is trying to earn a contract at Eintracht Frankfurt after joining the club on trial.
By Thomas Zocher
Last Updated: 02/08/12 12:37pm
Former West Bromwich Albion midfielder Paul Scharner is trying to earn a contract at Eintracht Frankfurt after joining the Bundesliga new boys on trial.
Scharner left West Brom at the end of last season and the 32-year-old had previously been keen to remain in the Premier League.
He was linked with a move to Eintracht last month, only for the club's general manager Bruno Hubner to state that the Austria international was not one of their targets.
However, Hubner has now confirmed that Scharner is spending the next few days with the squad and has created a positive first impression.
"We met in a hotel and discussed his situation, (Eintracht Frankfurt coach) Armin Veh was part of these talks," Hubner told BILD.
"We were keen to get a personal impression as it had been said that Scharner would be controversial - crackers, they say.
"However, we have been getting an extremely different impression - a very positive one. He is part of our training until Sunday, then we will see.
"He has all the things required and you would not need to test him anyway. He is experienced, he is good in one-on-one situations and has willpower too.
"He is without a club and he is also able to keep up his fitness for Austria's forthcoming international match."