Allardyce’s Persuasive Powers Necessary for Gudjohnsen

There was good news yesterday as Sam Allardyce quickly tied up Geremi from Chelsea by paying him a signing-on fee of ₤2M. It turns out he was in the last year of his contract at Chelsea – after some initial confusion.

The signing-on fee was what it took to ward off competition which we believe included Aston Villa. Geremi came back off holiday to sign the deal and take his medical at Newcastle – and will now reportedly link up with his new team-mates next week at their Austrian training camp.

However – news on the transfer of Eidur Gudjohnsen was not so good – and we take a look at the current situation as we understand it.


Eidur Gudjohnsen

Looks like Newcastle face a battle to persuade the Icelandic captain that his future lies on Tyneside. Freddy Shepherd’s son Kenneth, has been in Spain to negotiate a deal for Barcelona’s Brazilian defender Edmilson (which we expect to go through) and was hoping to hold talks with the club’s president Joan Laporta to bring former Chelsea striker Gudjohnsen back to the Premier League.

With Thierry Henry now a Barcelona player Gudjohnsen’s outlook at the club looks rather bleak – but not according to his father – who is also his agent. Gudjohnsen’s father Arnor talked to BBC Sport yesterday about his son’s situation:

“Eidur is away on holiday now and he has not been in contact with any clubs. He is planning to meet up with his Barcelona team-mates for pre-season later in July,” “Although he wants to stay, I don’t know what Barcelona’s intentions are.”

A lot of clubs are interested in Eidur,” “But he is determined to prove himself at Barca. He would complement Henry because they play differently.” “I don’t think the forward partnership of Samuel Eto’o and Henry would work as well.

Eidur can drop deep and play off Henry, which I think would work much better.”

Allardyce is keen to sign Gudjohnsen as quickly as possible regardless of what happens to Owen or Martins. We believe both strikers will stay at Newcastle for next season and provide a boost for the Magpies. Eidur played under Sam at Bolton, and the ex-Chelsea star has always spoken highly of the new Newcastle manager. We’re not sure Gudjohnsen’s father is being that objective and talks more of what he’d like to see rather than what the reality of the situation is. But that is just one difficulty with fathers acting as their son’s agents – they are not always totally objective.

We think Barcelona are likely to tell Eidur that he`s surplus to requirements with forwards Messi, Deco, Ronaldinho, Eto and Henry already at the club. Hopefully at that time (sooner rather than later) Newcastle will be in prime position to get Gudjohnsen – and for less than the ₤8M fee initially quoted . We think the fee will more likely be around ₤4M.

Sam is anxious to get as many new players into the club – as quickly as possible – so he get them gelled into a team before the start of the season on 11th August. The ₤4M capture of Eidur Gudjohnsen would be another great bargain for Big Sam as he continues to power up his Newcastle revolution.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Toon Addict

    Jul 3, 2007 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #1

    Good buy if it goes through, happy about geremi too…very underestimated player. Any more news on beye, drenthe and shorey though seems to have fizzled out?

  • nightfall

    Jul 3, 2007 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #2

    again…why do we need him for? we already have very good strikers and attacking midfielders… i just don’t get it… it’s not like we’ll have 70 matches this season… plus if we compare him with the squad we have, he’s nothing special…he won’t get regular first team football… i’m just saying…if we’re planing to buy strikers/attacking midfielders, but someone that’s WAY better fom the players we have on that position…

  • nightfall

    Jul 3, 2007 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #3

    not but…buy… sorry

    btw…west ham are making a 5 mio bit for appiah… damn 🙂

  • valle

    Jul 3, 2007 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #4

    Nightfall… Problem is that 2 of our strikers can leave anytime they want to as long as their clauses are met. So say Arsenal get an injury to Van Persie in the last week of august and they decide to meet the clause of Martins. Then we are left with 3 strikers and no time to reinforce, throw in the fact that Liverpool, Chelsea or Manure could do the same thin with Owen and we could be left cripled.

  • Stephen

    Jul 3, 2007 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Gudjohnson is a classy player he would give us a great option and would be ideal to have a player who aint simliar to Martins and Owen.I would love to see him at the toon but if he doesnt want to come i wont lose any sleep because if he aint commited there is no point in trying to buy him.What about Saviola if there out in Barcelona lets snap up him he is on a free i think so anyways.Hopefully we get Beye in soon for Rb.Then get another centre back in would love Pique is available at 7 million and has had a fantastic loan spell at Real Zaragoza only 20 too could be a great future centre back pairing him and Taylor.Also get Campbell or Hyppia as cover and would give great experience for Taylor.We defo need a left back the options are Shorey ,Baines and Bridge prefer Bridge he is ideal great at going forward and is solid at the back.We also need a creative player in the middle of the park why not Juan Román Riquelme he is class and is on loan at the moment having problems at his club.Also would sell Emre and replace him with Nolan.Also get Diarra in from Lyon to replace Butt who aint get any younger.We would look a very good team then and wouldnt cost that much to be honest and the main thing is we have the cash now ha well i hope unless Ashley aint going to spend much

  • nightfall

    Jul 3, 2007 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #6

    oba, owen…it’s not like they’re both leaving…one of them…MAYBE… btw currently we have 6 strikers: luque, carroll, shola, owen, oba and viduka…

  • Stephen

    Jul 3, 2007 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #7

    Carroll is going on loan maybe and Martins will be in the African nations cup and also Ameobi and Owen dont have great records when it comes to injuries.There injuire prone so maybe it be good to bring in one more striker

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 3, 2007 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #8

    Toon Addict – just put up transfer update regarding Habib Beye …

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 3, 2007 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #9

    stephen – would be great if we could get Bridge from Chelsea for LB !

  • nightfall

    Jul 3, 2007 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #10

    then buy someone better than gud…i’d prefer lita, tevez, saviola, anelka…they score goals, gud doesn’t… and we also have creative midfielders, so we don’t need him…

  • Neil

    Jul 3, 2007 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #11

    Surely he would cost more than 4 mil. I think we need another forward because Viduka and Owen have a bad history of injuries and Owen and Martins may not be here for the entire season.

  • Elliott

    Jul 3, 2007 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #12

    I’m sorry but we severely lack a classy, creative player. Gudjohnsen can take three opponents out of the game with a one touch pass (check out some of his videos / Bridge goal vs Arsenal – Champs league).

    Do we have anyone with this kind of vision and touch? No.

    Time and time again last season we couldn’t break down teams who sat back and defended with 10 behind the ball (all the early intertoto matches for eg) and that is also why we failed to score in so many home games last year.

    Viduka will help here but we NEED a player of this type and I’d be more than happy to sacrifice someone like Shola or Emre to accomodate him.

  • jacobmannjones

    Jul 3, 2007 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #13

    You’d be hard pressed to see Eidur Gudjohnsen back at Barca next term, he’s going somewhere ~ most likely to the Premiership; now the question is with whom? Newcastle is keen on seeing him on the Tyne, but I am not in agreement that they can ink him near ₤4M, I think you can pretty much split that and the reported ₤8M and then NUFC would be in the neighborhood of ₤6M to acquire his services…

    The question reamins then is Gudjohnsen really worth ₤6M? He’s caught in a logjam with Barca but his father/agent may be driving the price; atleast that’s what I am reading between the lines…

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 3, 2007 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #14

    jacob – think you could be right on the price !


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