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 â€“ we hope that’s true because we think Eidur would be excellent at Newcastle – as either a striker or midfield player.
Gudjohnsen is considered certain to depart Barcelona â€“ 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 â€“ 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 â‚¤8M for Gudjohnsen only last June and it looks like thatâ€™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:
â€œSam used to call Eidur a `properâ€™ 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.â€
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.
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