There was good news yesterday as Sam Allardyce quickly tied up Geremi from Chelsea by paying him a signing-on fee of â‚¤2M. It turns out he was in the last year of his contract at Chelsea â€“ 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 â€“ news on the transfer of Eidur Gudjohnsen was not so good – and we take a look at the current situation as we understand it.
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 â€“ but not according to his father â€“ who is also his agent. Gudjohnsenâ€™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 â€“ 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 â‚¤8M fee initially quoted . We think the fee will more likely be around â‚¤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 â‚¤4M capture of Eidur Gudjohnsen would be another great bargain for Big Sam as he continues to power up his Newcastle revolution.