The name of Eidur Gudjohnsen continues to come up as linked to Newcastle â€“ 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 â€“ which is what Allardyce is looking for and one reason Sam signed Joey Barton earlier in the summer.
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:
â€œHe had a fantastic time there (in England),â€ â€œHe isnâ€™t thinking about that at the moment, but you never know in the future whatâ€™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.â€
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 â‚¤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.