Former Fulham winger Luis Boa Morte has signed for Chesterfield.

The 35-year-old, who played 28 times for Portugal, has agreed to join the Spireites initially until January and, as long as international clearance is received in time, he may make his debut against Dagenham & Redbridge at the Proact Stadium this Saturday.

Boa Morte opened talks with Chesterfield following a chance meeting in London with former Fulham team-mate Mark Crossley, who is assistant to the Derbyshire club’s caretaker-manager Tommy Wright.

The likeable winger said: ‘The most important thing for me now is to play football and get going again. I’ll be here until the end of January but that doesn’t mean that I won’t stay until the end of the season.’

Boa Morte has made more than 300 appearances in English football over a 15-year period having arrived at Arsenal from Sporting Lisbon in June 1997 as one of Arsene Wenger’s first signings. He won the double with the Gunners in 1998 and after a brief spell with Southampton moved to Craven Cottage, initially on loan. He helped the Whites storm to the Division One title, establish themselves as a top flight side and memorably scored the winner against Chelsea in 2005, before joining West Ham.

Boa Morte has been training recently with Fulham following brief spells with South African club Orlando Pirates and MLS outfit Toronto FC.