Newcastle Again Linked With Barcelona’s Gudjohnsen

The Sun is reporting today that Eidur Gudjohnsen has been told he can leave Barcelona in the summer.


Eidur Gudjohnsen – will be allowed to move in the summer

Newcastle have been linked with a move for Eidur ever since last summer, and there’s no doubt the player would improve the Newcastle squad as he could play in either of the front 3 striker positions in a 4-3-3 formation, or even in midfield.

The former Chelsea player has never been able to maintain a first team position at the Spanish giants during the last two years, and while we don’t know if he’s been told he can actually leave, it’s a good bet that Barcelona will let him move on in the summer.

Gudjohnsen fits the Keegan requirements, because he’s a proven Premier League player, and even the fee may be reasonable at around £4M. However his wage demands will be high.

Kevin Keegan will likely face competition from West Ham, who are also said to be interested in the Icelandic star.

Gudjohnsen, 29, has made just over 66 appearances in two years at the Nou Camp (14 goals), and has struggled to make any impact, and it could be the right move for him to return to the Premier League.

The 6’1″ striker played 261 times for Chelsea and scored 78 goals from 2000-2006, and he has so far played 49 times for Iceland, with 20 goals.

The Sun is also saying that Kevin Keegan wants Gudjohnsen to replace Obafemi Martins, who is said to be surplus to requirements.

But that is utter nonsense.

Comments welcome.

77 comments so far

  • Toonsolja (in london :( )

    Jun 6, 2008 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    i hope not. ok good player but bad attitude, and mite unsettle some players.

  • Terry

    Jun 6, 2008 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #2

    From 200-2006? Again Ed, proof read, is that really asking too much of you?

  • clinta

    Jun 6, 2008 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #3

    Obi martins surplus??? yeah okay the sun! Have always been a bit of a fan of gudjohnsen but don’t really think his needed at this time in his career at the toon, would prefer we spent a little more on a younger player, which could balance itself out with a lesser wage demand.


    Jun 6, 2008 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #4

    MARTINS is much better player and still young? Why can you write somthing, ED?

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 6, 2008 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #5

    eidur has one of the best attitudes in football. qaulity bloke, but is against all things we are looking for. so noooooo.

  • Nathan

    Jun 6, 2008 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #6

    More likely replace Viduka not Martins…

  • ToonKing

    Jun 6, 2008 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #7

    i like him…..but as other have said… thanks.

  • SuperShearer

    Jun 6, 2008 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #8

    Terry if it means so much to you maybe Ed should email you all the articles first for you to proof read. He provides a brilliant website for Newcastle fans and people like yourself showing no appreciation do not go anyway to convince him to continue. Cheers Ed keep up the great work and please tell me Oba is not really surplus to requirement.

  • iluvnufc

    Jun 6, 2008 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #9

    I second your thoughts entirely, SuperShearer

  • Gunnar/Iceland

    Jun 6, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #10

    How can you guys say Eiður Smári has a bad attitude? He is a model professional in my opinon. As a fellow icelander I can honestly say that he is a good player. He is great at passing the ball, has a good work rate, is good in the air and can shoot the ball, kind of “Ballack-ish”. If we could snatch him for the 4 millions quoted he would add depth to both our midfield and frontline. I always said it was a mistake for him to join Barcelona as he is simply not good enough for them but he would improve our squad and thats a fact. But this saying that Oba is surplus? Bulls**t! But regarding Eiður, he is not getting any younger and his career might have reached its peak so getting younger players with lesser wage demands could be a better option but to sum it up: Eiður has premiership experiance, he is versitile, has a good attitude, skillfull player. 4 million? Go for him.

  • Hadji

    Jun 6, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #11

    He’ll be asking at least 70 000 per week

  • bessi

    Jun 6, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #12

    no plz

  • Matthew Tom

    Jun 6, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #13

    I’ve always been a fan of Gudjonsen when he was at Chelsea. If he replaced Viduka I’d be happy, but not if it was Martins.

    Is anyone else getting transfer rumour fatigue? The window doesn’t even open for another three weeks or so.

  • Tom

    Jun 6, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #14

    everyone stop getting on ed’s back. it sickens me to see people having a go after all the time and effort he puts in. Who cares if he misses out the occassional number or letter? Its a great blog, thanks Ed.

    Also, i think gudjohnsson would be good but id like to see us set our sights on someone younger, like gomis or even dean ashton.

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 6, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #15

    terry……what are you, a bloody teacher or something, jesus man. you didnt even bother commenting on the actual blog – so why did you come on?
    Anyway, i dont want gudjohnsen either. 14 goals in two years is not good and hes 29 and will want alot in terms of salary. he is not a top draw player and i would rather see crouch partner owen and martins up front……….any spelling mistakes – i couldnt give a fcuk!

  • Hadji

    Jun 6, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #16

    Ed….You rock man,keep up the good work and dont pay any attention to the small talkers.

  • staffsmag

    Jun 6, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #17

    I agree with Tom ans SuperShearer give Ed a break. It’s very easy to crticise somebody else’s work. Its a quality site as most of us would agree. Keep up the good work Ed and ignore the tossers !!!

  • James

    Jun 6, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #18

    No for the following reasons

    1. He’s turned us down twice before

    2. He’s too old

    3. He’ll want high wages

    4. He’ll want guaranteed first team football

    Let him rot back at Bolton


    Jun 6, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #19

    pointless signing, nowhere near good enough. As soon as we get him we will be looking to offload him

  • Eric

    Jun 6, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #20

    Without this site we would be walking around in the dark and left to the loony whims of the gutter press. Keep up the good work Ed. Gudjohnson will most likely sign for Portsmouth, Spurs or Wigan. NUFC ought to go for some really crap players so that Portsmouth or Spurs go and buy them instead.

  • Davies

    Jun 6, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #21

    Not for me thanks. If I thought he was going to take a low wage, maybe, but he’s not worth £70,000 a week, or whatever he’s likely to end up earning.

    Just to throw my hat in; thanks Ed. Your blog makes my days at work pass a little more easily. Even the trivial fact style articles give me something to take my mind off an otherwise dull job.

    For anyone inclined to complain about this site, just remember, it doesn’t cost you anything, and if you find the proof reading unbearable, you can always look elsewhere.

    Perhaps you could look up some English seminars instead.


    Jun 6, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #22

    Yes I agree will GG7, he’s a very good player! but an his age and wage demands would be against what the club wants for the future!!

  • Tom4Nufc

    Jun 6, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #23

    1) I think it is outrageous that people critisise Ed’s work, considering the fact that this is a voluntry thing he is doing, he is under no obligation to run this fantastic website.

    2)I do not want Eidur, I feel he is not what our team needs, we need someone in the Gomez/Gomis mould ideally, and if they are not realistic Peter Crouch would’nt be bad either.

  • ehssi

    Jun 6, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #24

    OMG, who the f**k cares if Ed have wrote a letter wrong.

    we should be glad that we have a fantastic Newcastle blog like this.

    thanks Ed

    Terry u are a asshole….

  • The real big AL

    Jun 6, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #25


    I agree with both points. Ed does a great job and why people feel the need to pick on small spelling/grammar errors is beyond me and also Gudjohnson is too old and wages are too expensive. The size of his wages would upset some of the players especially taylor.

  • Mag4life

    Jun 6, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #26

    Terry…proof read? Why don’y you be useful and check it up on wikipedia. Is that really asking too much of you?

  • 51times

    Jun 6, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #27

    Depends on his wages, assuming he’s on no higher than £40k I’d take him.

  • Sav

    Jun 6, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #28

    I don’t think Eidur fits the reported profile the Toon are looking for in terms of age or wage.

    Someone who does fit it is Milner and this morning’s resurfacing of tales he may be ‘available’ aren’t good. We have to trust KK and I don’t want him pilloried at the head of the SJP steps again, because its his call but I think there’s a good deal more to come from Milner and I hope he stays to prove it.

    And keep up the good work, Ed …..just ‘coz you went to Manor Park!

  • Paul R

    Jun 6, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #29

    Super Shearer – To right this site is great dont knock it !! keep up the great work ed

  • phoonCK

    Jun 6, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #30

    exactly. i second to those who think Ed had done a great job on this blog, which is now my most frequented website. everytime i switched on my computer, its always 1st.

    those who faulted on his grammar/spelling/vocab and whatever else has got no life except to stay on here and keep pointing out mistakes. c’mon, go somewhere else! maybe or wikipedia suit you guys better. get a life!

    and lastly, NO gudjohnsen pls. i would prefer Gomis(for a striker) or Aimar(for midfielder). and anyone knows whats going on behind the Turan transfer? why is it taking so long?

    Keep the Faith

  • ronaldeano

    Jun 6, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #31

    Boycott the sun everyone. They hate us. Martins surplus? They are either extreemly thick to think that Martins would be surplus or they just write tosh like that to wind us up.


  • ronaldeano

    Jun 6, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #32

    PS, you do a great job Ed

  • Stami

    Jun 6, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #33

    Terry Terry Terry… dont bite the hand that feeds the mouth! you getting all the Toon fans riled up!!!

    ED you keep up the outstanding work! the rest of us news hungry fans appreciate all your effort!

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 6, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #34

    I suppose it depends on where KK sees his main position. If its as a striker, then no thanks and i agree with alot of other fans Gomis, Gomez or even Crouch.

    However if its to play the ‘Owen’ role, playing a bit deeper i would take him over Aimar. As i believe with the Argie there would be a greater risk as his career does seem to be in a downwards spiral at the moment. Eidur is proven and very versitile. At 4m the price would be right too!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 6, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #35

    I corrected the mistake – agree I need to proof read more – my best friend (Sunderland supporter as it happens) tells me I need to do that more too. Will do – no problem.

  • ToonKing

    Jun 6, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #36

    your friends with a mackem Ed??……… thats way more of a problem than your lack of prrof reading 😀

  • bigz

    Jun 6, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #37

    which paper should we buy then, im going on hol in 2 weeks and have to buy a paper every day to see what is happening re:transfers. please advise ??

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 6, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #38

    Love the spelling ToonKing !…very subtle

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 6, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #39

    Just a thought about the national pressa and the rubbish they throw at Newcastle.

    I have’nt bought a rag in years (like the independant for other reasons) as they are free on the internet and you can read there garbage online for free…and thats something we all have in common on this site.

    That way if you would like to keep up with what trash they’re spouting of about us you can read online and not support them with your coffers!

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 6, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #40

    entertainers…..sorry man, i dont agree, aimar is like a million times better than gudjohnsen in every way. he is stagnating though, i will give you that much. but then again, gudjohnsen…14 goals in two years man, cumon!! and he’s old than aimar. The bottom line is that aimar was the worlds best player not too long ago and he is not past it at in terms of age. its just if we could ingite his desire…thats what has gone, it goes with alot of the best, gazza, ronaldo (the original one, best etc. IF that bloke came to us and it worked out it would be exactly like when manure got cantona and thats a fact. cantona was shite until he went to man u. get turan on left, middle left zogs, aimar and milner, with crouch up front with owens/martins. class attacking force. and not alot of outlay.


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