Larsson going on loan to Man U

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:38 IST

Veteran striker Henrik Larsson will join Manchester United on loan during Sweden's winter offseason.

Stockholm:

Veteran striker Henrik Larsson will join Manchester United on loan during Sweden's winter offseason. The 35-year-old will go to United when the transfer window opens on January 1 and return on March 12 before the Swedish league starts, Larsson's club Helsingborg said. "Alex Ferguson called last night and welcomed me to the club," tabloid Aftonbladet's web site quoted Larsson as saying at a news conference in Helsingborg. "It's a good time period, not too long and not too short. I discussed it with my family and when they said 'OK,' there was no hesitation." Larsson, one of Sweden's greatest players, would boost an attack, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Alan Smith sidelined with injuries. The eight-time Premier League champion inquired about the former Celtic and FC Barcelona player 2-1/2 weeks ago and a contract was signed Thursday, said Krister Azelius, secretary of the Helsingborg's board. He declined to reveal the financial details. "We are happy, and they are happy," Azelius told The AP. He said Larsson would be able to play in the Champions League for United, because Helsingborg did not play in Europe this season. Larsson turned down a contract extension with European champion Barcelona last season to move back to Sweden to finish his career. (AP)

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