Eidur GudJohnsen Edges Closer to Newcastle


The name of Eidur Gudjohnsen continues to come up as linked to Newcastle – and while many reports say Eidur would only be signed if Owen or Martins move on (which now looks unlikely) we think Sam may want to bring him to the club and utilize his flexibility. He can play central midfield as well as striker.

As a midfield player he would also score goals – which is what Allardyce is looking for and one reason Sam signed Joey Barton earlier in the summer.

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Eidur Gudjohnsen

Eidur Gudjohnsen’s father and agent again insisted that his son is keen to fight for his place at Barcelona and that no offers have yet been received this summer. However, his father, Arnor, did hint the 28-year-old could be tempted to renew acquaintances with his former Bolton boss Sam Allardyce in the future.

This is what Arnor Gudjohnsen said yesterday:

“He had a fantastic time there (in England),” “He isn’t thinking about that at the moment, but you never know in the future what’s going to happen.

England would be an obvious choice. Were he to join Newcastle, it could be under Sam.

It was under Sam that he made his name, he looks up to Sam.”

Gudjohnsen has already said he will stay in Spain if he gets reassurances he is still in Barcelona’s plans. But why risk another season like last season? He is not a starter and will not get many games and it’s looking more and more likely he will jump at the chance to join Newcastle. If Sam does lodge a bid for him the fee is thought to be less than the ₤8M being touted in the press.

Gudjohnsen is a 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 played over 200 times for Chelsea from 2000-2006 and scored 64 goals. He has appeared 29 times for Barcelona and scored 7 goals.

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27 comments so far

  • Anders

    Jul 6, 2007 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #1

    We`ve got enough strikers atm. And if we need a goalscoring midfielder, we might as well spend our money on someone who is a midfielder by trade- Riquelme etc..
    But lets keep Eidur warm until we are reassured we wont loose Martins or Owen

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  • KrisD

    Jul 6, 2007 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #2

    a good signing, but i dont think this is the one to “stun the football world”

    thats still the biggest mystery

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  • James

    Jul 6, 2007 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #3

    i rekon this would be a great deal,plus if west ham continue to go after bellamy and cisse does that mean we could make a sneaky move for dean ashton because he is a shearer player and just what we need.

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  • nufcstats.com

    Jul 6, 2007 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #4

    “He is probably the best footballer Iceland has produced – but has yet to play in the World Cup. ” and it will be like that till the end of the world. I mean Iceland and World Cup. Country is one of my favourite destinations as a photographer because of its pure, wild and incredible nature but it will never be a football power.
    I will be a little bit suprised if Sam will bring a new striker without selling any but he likes to make suprises 🙂

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  • Robert-from Croatia

    Jul 6, 2007 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #5

    It would be nice to buy Gudjohnsen because he is expirienced in the Premiership he would like playing for Sam again and the most important we would have a player who could fill our gaps in midlefield and in attack.We have money now and I would say it is a definite purchase.He won’t have much chance to play in Barcelona because he has to beat Henry,Messi,Ronaldinho and Eto’o for a position.

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  • Shaun

    Jul 6, 2007 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #6

    We all know we need a strong defence but with this chap our options for attacking football would be vastly increased, I hope comes on board.

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  • Cicero

    Jul 6, 2007 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #7

    With Carlos Tevez about to join the Mancs it looks like the top 4 (5 if you include Spurs) have filled their striker quotas so if Gudjohnsen was hanging on to see what was happening in the premiership NUFC look his best bet although the Iceland connection at West Ham shouldn’t be overlooked and they’ll be desperate for a top class striker. I think we need him because Martins is going to be missing playing in the Africa’s Cup.

    It also looks like the Owen and Martins saga is dieing down and unless someone comes in from abroad they’ll both be around for the start of the season. This should give BSA time to assess them both and renegotiate those stupid get-out clauses or sell one of them in January.

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  • lee

    Jul 6, 2007 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #8

    The best defence is attack… that has always been the footballing philosophy of Newcastle United. Well, it seems that we will continue with that tradition. The only nagging thing is that with the diminishing resources spent on forwards and midfielders, you wonder if there is any left for a set of world-class defenders… and we all know that the current Big 4 in English football build their squad from the back with the biggest money prioritised at central defence…. Sol Campbell, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Sami Hyppia, and so on. Why did we get rid of Jonathan Woodgate… and possibly the biggest mistake that the club had made in the last 10 years. We really need to plug the big holes at the back.

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  • Arthur Prince

    Jul 6, 2007 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #9

    How likely is Riquelme though ?. Nice idea but is it realistic ?
    ED any comments on this
    Gudjohnson is a good player certainly would Emre be sold if Gudjounson came and played as an attacking midfielder ?

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  • Lunghit

    Jul 6, 2007 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Gudjohnsen is a very clever player.
    Always liked his style of play. He`ll get you goals as well as setting them up for others. Definate YES!

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  • Steve

    Jul 6, 2007 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #11

    He would be a great signing. He is a proven quality Premiership player and entering his prime. Admittedly, defence is our priority but with the vast sums of money we will have available, the opportunity to snap up quality players should be taken. Lets not forget Sams nett spends to date is £1.69 Million. Dont be surprised if there are at least another 2 £10 Million Plus players arriving at SJP within the next month

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Jul 6, 2007 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #12

    I think this is great news that Sam wants to sign Gudjohnsson even if we keep Oba and MO that will mean we have 4 different good strikers in our squad which if you notice most of the ‘BIG’ teams have if u think last season, Man Utd : Rooney, Saha, Smith, Solskjaer, Liverpool: Kuyt, Crouch, Bellamy, Fowler Arsenal: Henry, Van Persie, Baptista, Adebayor, Chelsea now have Drogba, Sheva, Kalou and Pizzaro and now even Spurs have Berbatov, Keane, Defoe and Bent, It means the stregth of our squad will be unstoppable, i know we shouldnt be expecting instant success but if Big Sam carries on the way he is im gonna find it hard not to get too excited!!!

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  • Steve

    Jul 6, 2007 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #13

    Forgot to mention but I dont think Martins is the answer. On his day he is brilliant, however, the secret of great players is consistency. Man United dont always have the best players but the most consistent ones. Martins lacks the consistency that you need to win trophies although I do hope he proves me wrong. We have quite a bit of pace in the side so dont be surprised if we buy very quick wide men

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  • Elliott

    Jul 6, 2007 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #14

    I really hope this goes through. He has all the attributes to be the missing link in our team. Strong, clever, good movement, amazing first touch and the VISION to pick out a team mate in a crowded penalty area. And unlike many other names touted he can slot into the prem immediately.

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  • john75

    Jul 6, 2007 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #15

    I agree that we may not necessarily need him at the minute, as we are currently full up front, but a player like him mcan only make us a better team and create healthy competition for places. He is so versatile that he could be used in many different ways. Having also worked with BSA before, he will know his methods and ways of working, which was one of the reason we wanted to sign Tal Ben Haim, so he can help the other players to get used to working with Sam.

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  • Andy T

    Jul 6, 2007 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #16

    Steve Martins is still very young (relatively) the consistency tends to come with a little bit of maturity and experience (and can be helped by good guidance from a good manager) I think he is worth holding onto I think working along side Viduka and Owen will also help him get his off the field preparation right as well.

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  • nightfall

    Jul 6, 2007 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #17

    i don’t think we need him…well…i do prefer him over alan smith…, but still…getting gud means that our youngsters will not get as much opportunities as they should (milner, n’zogbia,…)… we have too many attackers for non-european season…, so…don’t sign him!

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  • Obafan

    Jul 6, 2007 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #18

    I would like t see him in a black and white shirt next season. And I think we need him, because he can play attacking midfield and in the attacking line. So it would be a great singing, but….
    There is something special created by the story that we will have a big name signing and I don’t beleive Gudjohnson is that signing. So what if this big name signing is Riquelme. Without having a doubt on the class of Gudjohnson, but than I think we should defenitely bring in Riquelme and not Gudjohnson. Because if we should have them both then I think that area of the team is overcrowded and that is not good for a team which has to be rebuilt. But 2 big questions;

    – What about the Riquelme story, I think this is just a rumour launched by fans. Or am I wrong?

    – Will Oba and Owen stay? I thinks so, but I will be sure at 31 August at midnight ;-).

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  • Whitey

    Jul 6, 2007 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #19

    I think Eider is a great player especially from what we sore at Chelsea, but at barcelona he has not been the same. He has lost his pace and he is not as fit as he once was. I think what we should do is keep taps on him and make a decision soon on Martins or Owen and if they are leaving.

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  • Neil

    Jul 6, 2007 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #20

    Let’s not forget about the recent injury crisis at Newcastle. With Gudjohnson’s versatility he would be a great asset.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 6, 2007 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Arthur – Not sure Riquelme is a valid possibility – but would never rule out Sam’s persuasive qualities. To me the big signings to improve our squad will come next summer. And maybe one big one this summer. The squad that Sam took over wasn’t that bad really – if the players would only play to their potential. Sam will ensure that – and I think the players he has signed are solid dependable types – excellent players for the squad =- and some – like Rozehnal (and Viduka) could become outstanding at the club. Last time I was this upbeat on Newcastle was when we signed the great Bobby Robson in 1999 – and i mean great.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 6, 2007 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #22

    Neil – and one measure of our squad will be who’s on the bench – and there will be some good players there – which is good for competition for places.

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  • Elliott

    Jul 6, 2007 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #23

    I thought Riquelme was going to Athletico

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  • ende

    Jul 6, 2007 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #24

    I say sign him. It may seem we are front heavy, but 1) as mentioned all the big 4 have four good forwards, 2) MO’s unquenchable thirst for injury, 3) Martin’s being a marked man, or ya know.. just needing to skip a game for a little personal time in the hotel, all = Gud-johnson being a gud-choice.

    Owen
    Martins
    Viduka
    Gudjohnson

    Looks very nice. I think Shola’s going out on loan.

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  • nightfall

    Jul 6, 2007 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #25

    ende – what about luque?

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  • ende

    Jul 6, 2007 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #26

    nightfall,

    He van vie w/ Charles for left wing? Dunno once Duff returns though.

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  • jeff

    Jul 6, 2007 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Sign the ice man!
    As an attacking force you wont get any one to replace Shearer, but Gudjohnsen comes quite close. If we have serious aspirations to become one of the top four in the country.we will have to recruit the best we possibly can,so that at all times we have 16 world class players available for selection for every match.Injuries over a season are unavoidable,but with strength in depth there will always be ready made replasements who will give their all to get a good run in the team.

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