Eidur Gudjohnsen joined Barcelona only last summer (June 14th, 2006) but we now know that Sam Allardyce has officially inquired into Eidur’s availability when he was at Barcelona on Thursday with a Newcastle contingent â€“ checking out Edmilson.
The question on our minds is if Gudjohnsen does sign â€“ and the possibility of that is now looking much better â€“ does that mean that Owen or Martins must move on to make way for him?
The latest on this move is that Barcelona want Â£8M for Gudjohnsen â€“ the fee they paid Chelsea only last year for Eidur. Newcastle have reportedly offered Â£6M and presumably some intermediate deal could be worked out. Sam does have some advantage with Gudjohnsen – because he played 55 times for Bolton and scored 18 goals over two years (from 1998-2000) when Allardyce was Bolton manager.
We have no idea what Gudjohnsen thinks of a move to Tyneside â€“ but he would be the perfect player in attitude and style to be successful at the club. He is the type of player we need to make Newcastle a force again in the Premiership. Having also worked with Sam when he was younger Eidur has always spoken highly of Allardyce in the past. Also with Thierry Henry just signed from Arsenal for Â£16M – Gudjohnsen’s chances will be further reduced.
Eidur left Bolton for Chelsea in a Â£4m deal in 2000. At that time Bobby Robson of Newcastle was interested in him but thought the fee too high for a player who hadn’t yet played in the top division of English football. Eidur 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 thatâ€™s the fee Barcelona are asking for Gudjohnsen. The Icelandic striker scored eight goals in 33 appearances for Barcelona last season, and a move back to the premiership now looks certain â€“ the question is which club will he choose?
We already know Big Sam is an admirer of Eidur because a source close to Allardyce stated last month:
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€
But Eidur can also play midfield and looked 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 produced – but has yet to play in the World Cup.
He would be an excellent buy for Newcastle â€“ and it looks like Sam is now going after Eidur aggressively. If he does arrive it will be interesting to see if Sam will then sell Owen or Martins. Martins would be the better bet â€“ because we could quite easily get â‚¤13M for him â€“ but there again Sam may decide to keep all three and let them fight it out for first team places â€“ that also seems a good option.
What do you think?
Comments always welcome.