Newcastle’s Allardyce Chases Eidur Gudjohnsen of Barcelona

Recent Media reports in Spain suggest that Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard will make striker Eidur Gudjohnsen available for transfer after this weekend’s final games of the Primara Liga. Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce is said to be tracking the Icelandic striker – we hope that’s true because we think Eidur would be excellent at Newcastle – as either a striker or midfield player.


Eidur Gudjohnsen

Gudjohnsen is considered certain to depart Barcelona – who he joined only last summer (June 14th, 2006) and we do hope we are really one of the clubs tracking him because he would do very well at Newcastle. When Eidur moved last summer – many thought that Barcelona was not a good move – because of the difficulty of playing games with such competition for places at the club. The Icelandic striker scored eight goals in 33 appearances for Barcelona last season, and a move back to the premiership now looks certain.

Manchester United and West Ham United as well as Newcastle are reported to be tracking Eidur.

We do have a bit of an advantage over the other two teams – because Gudjohnsen played 55 times for Bolton and scored 18 goals over two years (from 1998-2000) when Allardyce was Bolton manager. 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. Barcelona paid ₤8M for Gudjohnsen only last June and it looks like that’s the fee we would have to pay to secure his services again.
We already know Big Sam is an admirer of Eidur because a source close to Allardyce has already stated:

“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.”

It would also seem to depend on whether Michael Owen is staying or going – since we already have four good strikers at the club in Ameobi, Viduka, Owen and Martins.

But of course Eidur can also play midfield and looked very accomplished for Chelsea when playing central midfield in his last season there. Gudjohnsen is a good and versatile footballer and joined the Iceland national team in 1996. Since then he has been capped 45 times and scored 17 times for his country and is currently the Icelandic captain. He is probably the best footballer Iceland has ever produced – but has yet to play in the World Cup.

He would be an excellent buy for Newcastle – so we really hope these reports are true – and we really go after Eidur aggressively.

We think he would do very well in a second spell under Big Sam.

Comments always welcome.

10 comments so far

  • briss

    Jun 12, 2007 at 2:44 AM

    Comment #1

    If we want to excel to the top of the league we need to have depth. If Owen leaves or not we should buy Gudjohnsen to strengthen our squad.

  • Len Smith

    Jun 12, 2007 at 3:50 AM

    Comment #2

    You can’t possibly describe Shola as a “good striker”. He needs 5 good chances to score, he is never going to get more than a dozen goals a season and his general play is awful. Nice enough bloke but belongs in the championship.

  • jamo

    Jun 12, 2007 at 6:07 AM

    Comment #3

    i think that Gudjohnson we be a fantastic signing and he is strong in tha attacking midfield role. I would have preferred him to viduka as he is much more consistent. I find it difficult to see him moving to us though :(.

  • John75

    Jun 12, 2007 at 7:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Fingers crossed we go for him and finally stop pretending to ourselves that Shola is good enough to make it in the top flight. Owen, Martins, Viduka and Gudjohnsen sounds like and would be a much stronger line-up. Shola isn’t really fit to lick their boots in all honesty. Hopefully he will prove me very very wrong and bag at least 15 goals next season! Wishful thinking!!!!!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 12, 2007 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #5

    it would be good if we could get Eidur – he could always play midfield – he could be a utility player – and we could sell Dyer for about the same fee. Eidur will not go to ManU – he would be the same there as at Barcelona – on the bench too much – West Ham will be our big rivals for him.

  • Greg B

    Jun 12, 2007 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #6

    I dont like slagging players off but I agree that Shola isnt good enough to start for us at the moment. You would think he would have shown something special by now after coming through the ranks training along side the likes of Shearer but unfortunatley his hip injury has been niggling him for a good year or so.
    Hopefully now thats sorted Im willing to give Shola the benefit of the doubt, I honestly think now his injury has been operated on and his recovery has gone well he will be firing on all cylinders next season, and while I dont expect him to start much in the league given our current crop of strikers I do think he will play a vital role next season.
    As for Gudjohnsen, I for one dont think we need him. True he is a good player wether playing as striker or attcking midfield, but I think there are better options already at the club.
    I wouldnt give up on Dyer, he has a talent that is very rare and I honestly think Allardyce can bring out the best in him.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 12, 2007 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #7

    Greg – we need to give Shola a chance – now that he’s fully fit – we think he might surprise a lot of people under Big Sam. He’s an awkward difficult guy to mark. Viduka – a master hold up player – will be able to teach Shola a lot – that’s not a strong part of Ameobi’s game.

  • Graham

    Jun 12, 2007 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #8

    Greg, you have forgotten that we finished 13th last season and that Shola was carrying an injury for 2 1/2 years before he finally went under the knife. Look at his stats and im sure you will be suprised at the amount of goals he has scored compared to the number of times he’s come off the bench. We need to give him a chance now he’s fully fit! I’m not saying we’re gonna end up naming a pub after him in the leazes end in 10 years time (that was a disgrace by the way but thats another story) but lets see what he can do without anything holding him back.

  • Jamie

    Jun 12, 2007 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #9

    I’m delighted with the news. Eidur will be a fantastic capture, even better than Viduka. Just, for god sake, please remove Ameobi as our “four good strikers”. He is lightyears away to be considered as ‘good’ striker. Owen seems no interest to play for Newcastle anymore, what he wants is just England, England and England. We do not need this kind of player. So for me our “four excellent strike force” next season will be Gudjohnson, Viduka, Martins and Carroll/Giuly (?) who offer pace, power, strength, composure, deadly finishing, experience and energy as well. Go Sam!

  • LewDavies

    Jun 12, 2007 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #10

    I’ve been saying for years that Shola should be sent out on a seasons loan to a championship side, where he will learn the role of a striker. He isn’t learning anything on the bench at NUFC If we can send out Krul on loan then we should do the same with Shola. It may be too late now, in which case he will be found out, or it might do him the world of good. Defo should go for EG, but with NO get out clauses!!!!. Once bitten and all that.


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