Newcastle Still Keen on Gudjohnsen

News today that Portsmouth and Newcastle United are set to battle it out to sign Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen.


Eidur Gudjohnsen
– would be good acquisition for Newcastle

We hadn’t heard much lately about Eidur, who is almost certain to leave Barcelona in the summer. Sam Allardyce was seemingly interested in the former Chelsea player and he is certainly someone who would improve our squad greatly.

He can play the hold up game up front and he is also very good in midfield, or even in the role Michael Owen is currently playing at Newcastle.

The Sun (well the report could still be true) are reporting that Gudjohnsen will be available for around £5M, which is a lower price than was quoted last summer.

Harry Redknapp is hoping to take the striker to the South Coast, however his £65K per week wages may prove a stumbling block, and he will know all about what Kevin Keegan did at Newcastle United in the 19990s.

If we indeed go head-to-head with Portsmouth over Gudjohnsen, we must stand a decent chance of attracting the player.

We are also expecting renewed and vigorous activity by Newcastle in the transfer market, after today’s meeting between Kevin, Wise and Mike Ashley in London, and reports suggest that bids for players are all ready to be placed, once the meeting is over.

Information on Gudjohnsen:

Gudjohnsen played 55 times for Bolton over two years (from 1998-2000) and scored 21 goals – before joining Chelsea in 2000.

He then spent six years at Chelsea (2000-2006) playing 263 games for them and scoring 78 goals – before moving, in 2006, to Barcelona.

When Eidur moved to Chelsea in 2000 Bobby Robson, then Newcastle’s manager, was interested in him – but thought the ₤4M price tag a bit too steep given that Eidur then was playing for Bolton, and had never played in the Premiership.

Instead Robson bought Carl Cort for $7M from Wimbledon. 🙁

Barcelona paid about ₤8M for Eidur in June, 2006.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • emantoon

    May 9, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #1

    oh yeah!!
    but does he want to come here?? no ucl..bla2.. him the money

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 9, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #2

    most underated player ever, should be on par with the greatest ever such as sheringham and bergkamp in what he does

  • Leo

    May 9, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #3

    well if my rumour is correct we wouldnt need him, unless we got rid of smith… please be the case

    santa cruz for the toon

  • Eric

    May 9, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #4

    A worthy addition – especially as Viduka will be out for a while. Not one the Gang of Three and a Half (Liverpool) will be interested in. Got to watch the back door boys though (Spurs), and
    Pompey (our favourite rivals according to the press). Have Everton rung Carr’s doorbell yet?
    Will not really believe anything until the LB cover signs.

  • craig chisholm

    May 9, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #5

    yeah man, a great palyer. i have not taken too much into the rumor though as we will probably not get him anyway. it would be a great partnership with owen though.

  • Kash2

    May 9, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #6

    Really good and clever player. And he can play in midfield too

  • James

    May 9, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #7

    I’ve always liked him, but I personally feel we shouldn’t even be looking at players like this. Players that have been around the block and constantly chosen other clubs over us, then when they lose their legs they come knocking on our door (Smith, Duff)

    And they don’t change the game when they come off the bench.

  • geoffo

    May 9, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #8

    More mobility than Viduka, gets a lot of free kicks just outside the box, makes sense, would offer more versatility than Viduka too. I think when Viduka returns from injury, he’ll either be fighting fit and raring to go, or he may languish in the treatment room for the remainder of his contract, however competition for the position would be healthy for the team. At least you know what your geting with Gudjhonson, and he’s consistent, in a way it’s a no brainer and would say one we shouild def persue.

  • JC

    May 9, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #9

    Beye Cuellar Taylor/Faye Bridge

    Lennon Veloso Barton Arshavin

    Owen/Martins Gudjohnson/Ashton

    50/60m but take 10m away on outgoings
    This goin on the ‘we’ll get 7 players in’ a few weeks ago.

  • Aggi

    May 9, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #10

    I am icelandic and I know for a fact that Eiður used to support Newcastle during the first Keegan era so I say our changes of getting him have greatly improved for this summer


    May 9, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #11

    if viduka is out till crimbo he seems like a good option – either alongside martins or as a link man – like owen now

  • Eric

    May 9, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #12

    Personally I would not even consider a player who had turned us down once, e.g Sidwell etc. Gudjohnson would fit in well with us. But we are back to “ifs”. He will probably, if he comes to the EPL, prefer the delights of Bolton, Stoke, Wigan, or Portsmouth, not forgetting Middlesborough, Blackburn and Villa Park. What about Spurs – they are nearer to London’s bright lights.

  • Steveo

    May 9, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #13

    we absolutely can’t mess this one up!!
    Eidur gudjohnsen, as geordiegerrard said, is one of the most underrated players of recent times and would fit perfectly into our team in a number of positions!
    we have to do everything possible even if it means slightly paying over the odds! eidur is class

  • Steveo

    May 9, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #14

    James – Gudjohnsen shouldnt even be mentioned in the same breath as Duff and Smith! Diff class

  • Eric

    May 9, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #15

    If KK does not ring Gudjohnson up I will. If he followed us when KK was here first he can play for us now he’s here second time round. I think he can adapt to the climate too.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 9, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #16

    the meeting is underway fellas

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 9, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #17

    leo where is the sources of santa coming to tooooooon

  • Viper

    May 9, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #18

    A player I’ve championed since bolton days. Think would be a great Toon player, sad that hasn’t been here. Yet.

    Prefer to dukes, but that’s me!

    After today’s bit KK crack with £man, more exciting times!

  • richie

    May 9, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #19

    its hard to be confident on signings..

    but iv got the gut feelin wel get him and he still is class

    age tho???

  • HeronMag

    May 9, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #20

    We all seem to be in agreement that Eidur would be a fantastic addition. Got get him KK.

  • Nick Dryden

    May 9, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #21

    again we should have done this 2/3 years ago . why are we looking at people who have been round the block a few times. PANDEV as a link striker would be great

  • Paul R

    May 9, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #22

    Does he need a lift up to the toon cause i will volunteer. i have always thought we should get him – he is a world class player and does steve carr need dropping off any where like derby or some other crap team on my way down ??? I wonder how this meeting is going ??

  • Ant

    May 9, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #23

    Steveo – You forget, Duff was class before he signed for us…Terrible now should never play for us again…Simply not good enough.

    I wonder how high the price tag for Smith is?

    Maybe the Toon fans could at every game stick an extra quid in a pot…by January, if he doesn’t go in the Summer, we could sign him and he’d be away from our glorious club forever 😀

    Unless he signed for the scum…hopefully.

  • Ashton

    May 9, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #24

    Rakitic is very similar to Eidur but he is younger and better imo

  • Leo

    May 9, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #25

    heared it in a song, santa cruz is coming to town, santa cruz is coming to town haha

    not im only joking i cant say where i heard it because this guy has told me some true stuff and some not so i would take it with a pinch of salt

    imagine the songs we can sing if he joined though…

  • The Captain

    May 9, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #26

    I think Gudjohnsen would be an asset to any side and would gladly have him at the Toon. His attitude is brilliant, he’s won trophies and he’s proven in the premiership. Plus he makes Smith look like a petulant kid who’s only happy when he’s on the floor, stand up and be counted Smithy. You’ve got it in you, I hope!

  • Neilos

    May 9, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #27

    That would be a great signing but has anyone heard if Tottenham are interested?

  • Toon_Ksk

    May 9, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #28

    Surely rubbing shoulders with the likes of Ronaldinho, Messi, Henry, Xavi and Etoo has improved his game. Hopefully we can bring him in. He is a class act.

  • Taiwantoon

    May 9, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #29

    He was good a few years back. But has anyone watched him playing recently? I personally haven’t, and would like to know more about how he is doing…

  • Danish_Magpie

    May 9, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #30

    Taiwantoon: I have seen him a lot this season (well, a lot of when he has played). He has been far from prolific, but his link-up play is still class. He is very much apart of the game and his passing and vision is still quite good (perhaps improved even?). I am not sure I think he is the right signing for us since Owen is playing a bit deeper at the moment, but it might allow us to push Owen up next to Oba… Mind you then we would still not have any height.. If we could get him in for 5m or less I would not object because he is a quality player, but he is not my first-choice signing..

  • Newcastle United.

    May 9, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #31

    World class player, One of the best strikers there is in my opinion. Would work wonders at Newcastle too I think.

  • robertsa

    May 9, 2008 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #32

    he would be good but he isnt one of kevs targets he is one of sam allardyce’s

  • geordie nick

    May 9, 2008 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #33

    robertsa u dont know who kevs targets are and neither does anyone else apart from wise, ashley etc


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