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 Â£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 Â£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 Newcastleâ€™s manager, was interested in him – but thought the â‚¤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 â‚¤8M for Eidur in June, 2006.
What do you think?