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Bellamy needs to settle - Hartson

Craig Bellamy
Ballamy has been at seven clubs in his 12-year career

Ex-Wales striker John Hartson says Wales captain Craig Bellamy should stick with one club for a few years.

West Ham striker Bellamy, 29, has been linked with potential moves to Manchester City or Celtic in January.

The front man has had relatively short spells at Newcastle, Blackburn and Liverpool in moves totalling 17m.

But Hartson, who played alongside him for Wales and Coventry, said: "The problem Craig has is that he has never really settled at the one club."

Bellamy joined West Ham in July last year after making a 7.5m switch from Liverpool, where he had played for just one year.

But after an injury-plagued spell at Upton Park, Man City boss Mark Hughes has been linked with Bellamy.

Hartson said: "It is a bit similar to my career, but when I went to Celtic I ended up staying for five years.

"I do feel it's important for Craig to try and settle at the one club and try to win something - whether it be at West Ham or he goes to Man City - and then decide to stay for four or five years.

"Craig is a player Mark Hughes knows really, really well. He had him at Blackburn and he had him in the national team as well.

"So if he does move, he will decide if it's the right one for him."

And he added: "I think Craig is a top player and I think he would have several options where to go.

"I think not just Man City, there will be a lot of clubs monitoring Craig's situation."

Hartson retired from the game last season after a career that saw him play for Arsenal, West Ham and Celtic as well as winning 52 caps for Wales, for whom he scored 15 goals.

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