Newcastle Pursue Barcelona’s Eidur Gudjohnsen

Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce is reported to be tracking Icelandic striker Eidur Gudjohnsen, according to Lee Ryder in tonight’s Evening Chronicle.

Gudjohnsen is considered certain to depart Barcelona – who he joined only last summer (June 14th, 2006).  Many thought that was not a good move for him – because it would be difficult for him to break into the team – which has proved to be accurate.

The Evening Chronicle has reported that Allardyce wants to bring the former Bolton Wanderers player to St James’ Park.


Eidur Gudjohnsen

Gudjohnsen played 55 times for Bolton over two years (from 1998-2000) and scored 21 goals – before joining Chelsea in 2000.

He then spent six years at Chelsea (2000-2006) playing 263 games for them and scoring 78 goals – before moving on last year to Barcelona.

When Eidur moved to Chelsea in 2000 Bobby Robson, then Newcastle’s manager, was interested in him – but thought the ₤4M price tag a bit too steep given that Eidur then was playing for Bolton, managed by Sam Allardyce, and had never played in the Premiership.

Instead Robson bought Carl Cort for $7M from Wimbledon. 🙁

Barcelona paid about ₤8M for him last June and it looks like that’s the figure we would have to pay to secure the services of Gudjohnsen.

Eidur is also said to be a target for Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Sunderland – and I suppose that’s not unexpected – since he is an excellent forward – who can also play midfield.

Newcastle, however, have the advantage that Big Sam knows Eidur from managing him at Bolton and Gudjohnsen would know what to expect from Sam at Newcastle. He would also get more games than at the other clubs.

A source close to Allardyce, said yesterday:

“Sam used to call Eidur a `proper’ player when he was at Bolton. He enjoyed working with him and I would suggest he would be happy to bring him back to the Premiership.”

Interesting fact about Gudjohnsen:

On 24 April 1996, Eidur and his father Arnór, entered football history in an Iceland international friendly against Estonia in Tallinn.

Arnór started the match, and Eidur came on in the second half as a substitute for his father.

This was the first time that a father and son had ever played in the same international match.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Andy

    May 25, 2007 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #1

    If this is true and we are interested in signing Eidur, what does that say about the Owen/martins situations? Presumably none of the three would be happy sitting in the bench…although i suppose gudjohnsen could play behind the front two but the midfield is already packed

  • darren

    May 25, 2007 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #2

    Hes a class player and i hope he comes a quality replacement for sibierski same sort of player but is 10 times better. and is also younger

  • Ed Harrison

    May 25, 2007 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Andy – as you say he’s a good midfielder – and is more of a target forward than either Martins or Owen – and with Sibierski no longer around we need someone who’s bigger – and a good header of the ball – up front. We also have Carroll coming through.

  • lee

    May 26, 2007 at 5:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Gudjohnsen is the perfect target man that we need… he can be an excellent partner for Owen or Martin (definitely one of them has to sit on the bench). As Berbatov is now out of our financial reach unless we can match Man Utd’s ludicrous offer and Viduka is not in Big Sam’s radar, that leaves Crouch, Anelka, Van Nistelrooy, Kanoute and now, Gudjohnsen. Of these, we can do well to get Gudjohnsen as he was well-rated at Chelsea and a proven Premiership striker. Like Shearer, he seems to be good professional as well. So, good choice… hopefully a deal can be done quickly by Big Sam.

  • Phil

    May 26, 2007 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #5

    I would love to see Gudjohnson come to us. He is a very good technical player that can take over as forward midfielder/support striker, he can replace Emre, who IMHO is not very effective as the creative outlet in the midfield. Also, Emre can move on to Bayern where it is rumoured he is wanted for £8m… so we’ll basically get a better player for the same money.

  • Fred

    May 27, 2007 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Gudjohnsen could replace Dyer or play as a striker to help Martins and Owen. United needs better technical players like Emre. They lack creativity specially in the back. Bring on Coloccini as righback, a young Argentinian-international, who can keep the ball and pass it and cross it effectively. Bring on Gavrancic as centerback, he won’t cost much and he’s a above-average. With Baines or Matthew Taylor, even better, they could be competitive again. Reo-Cocker would be a better option than Butt as a full time player.

  • matt w

    Jun 10, 2007 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #7

    id love to see Gud at newc next year. id imagine hed be used as a rotation with vid as the link up man between mid and strikers. e class act, great vision and footballing brain and can finish with head and feet. would link up wel with both smaller strikers. ameobi and carrol wouldnt see much football action if he arrives.

  • harry

    Jun 23, 2007 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #8

    i’m a chelsea fan, and was very disappointed when they sold Eidur; if he had been there last season they would have won the title. He would be great for Newcastle and I would watch at every opportunity!


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