Is Gudjohnsen Interested in Newcastle?

News again today that Newcastle are interested in Eidur Gudjohnsen, and certainly the fee mentioned of £4M seems a reasonable one.


Eidur Gudjohnsen – is he intereted in moving to Tyneside?

But the potential problem is that West Ham are also interested, and there are reports the 6’1″ striker has already said he’d like to join the London club, so it may be that Newcastle are not in the driver’s seat for the signature of Eidur.

Having played for 6 years in London for Chelsea, (it wasn’t 1806 years – that was a typo which was corrected) it would be comparatively easy for Eidur to settle back into London.

And when he spoke to a Spanish radio station yesterday, Gudjohnsen said if he was to leave Barcelona then it would probably be to West Ham and not Newcastle.

Gudjohnsen’s agent is his father Arnor, and he talked about a possible move back to the Premier League yesterday:

“One Premier League club has shown a lot of interest in Eidur,”

“He would certainly be interested in a move back to England, but he is not going to rush into making a decision.”

“Eidur and his family are settled in Barcelona and he has two years left on his contract, but his chances were limited last season.”

We wonder who that Premier club is, whether it’s the Hammers or Newcastle?

Gudjohnsen has had two poor seasons in Spain, during which time he has only played 66 times for Barcelona, and his career has become a little stagnant, and it hasn’t turned out to be a good move for the player, in football terms.

However, he’s a similar player to Alan Smith, only better, and he could certainly play up front for Newcastle and even in midfield.

Whatever happens with Eidur, we expect Alan Smith to be moved out before August.

But if Newcastle are going to sign the Icelandic International, they’ll have to have all their persuasive powers at the ready, and move quickly, which we haven’t seemed to do so far in this transfer window.

At this point we think we have to be second favorites to West Ham, unfortunately.

Comments welcome.

42 comments so far

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #1

    I would’nt mind seeing Gudjohnson here at the Toon. However if he has his heart set on London, then i would’nt be too disappointed on missing out.
    There do seem to be an abundant of players who could do the Gudjohnson role and some even better.
    I would rather keep the wages he would be on for someone who wants to come.

  • Nev

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #2

    hes better than smith and is a very similar player in the fact he can play up front and in midfeild (compentently)
    he would also suit the 4-3-3 system if KK opts for it, as that is the system barcelona played under rijkard
    hes also one of my favourite players over the past 10 years 😀

  • nick

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #3

    what do you mean ‘only played 66 times’….hes only been there for 2 seasons. thats 33 games a season which is canny decent when your competing with etoo, henry, messi, buck teeth ron, deco etc etc

  • Nev

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #4

    + one problem could be bloody LONDON and the fact he is 29 … too old for KK ?
    dunne was … apparently

  • Mac

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #5

    I wouldn’t want him. He’ll go to offers tha big wages.

  • Mac

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Sorry just woke up. That was meant to say i wouldn’t want him. He’ll go to who ever offers the big wages.

  • MattyB

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #7

    zigic wants to move to newcastle apparently… heard his name but never seen him play. he is any good? worth getting in as cover for the ever injured viduka or is he better than the duke? Gudjohnsen is a top player on his day, i remember just before he was leaving chelski he was won of their better playmakers. why would you want to move to west ham over the toon? they havent exactly got european football to offer!

  • Midjew

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #8
  • Graham

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #9

    He’ll not come to Newcastle. He’s got friends and family in London from his Chelsea days and apparently he’s friends with the Icelandic owner of West Ham.

    In addition, he’ll cost at least 60k a week which is way to much in my opinion for him

    Thers better players out there – but not with the experience of prem league football (not within our range anyway)

  • ToonKing

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #10

    Is Gudjohnsen Interested in Newcastle? —>who cares ??

  • Graham

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #11

    Ed – please can you issue a permanent ban to this site to anyone who uses the term “Chelski”?

    That term drives me up the wall – its so lame and girly i’ll be the one that ends up not coming here. I thought people grew out of it 6 months after Abramovich took over… guess not

  • Graham

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #12

    Oh – and Man Ure – Its Man Utd divvies!

    Right where are my tablets – need a lie down…

  • tommyy

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #13

    I very much doubt that Ed is going to ban people using terms that one person doesn’t approve of as it ‘drives them up the wall’. Get real, people are entitled to call them whatever they like.

  • Ian

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #14

    He is the right quality we need from midfield and he will score, if he wants to come here I would have him in the midfield but not at the front.

    The midfield is very short of goals, this man is a proven goalscorer and cool under pressure, 60k would be worth it, if it brought 6-8 goals from midfield, in fact it would be cheap at todays premiership costs.

    Would he come here when he doesnt know who else will be in the team, at West Ham it IS Ashton and Bellamy, at Everton it IS Yakubu, who is going to be at Newcastle??
    Martins, Owen or both?
    Hardly makes the job more attractive not knowing who your teammates will be.
    This player is wise enough and old enough to make sure he has the right support around him to make him look decent, Newcastle need to imporove their employer image and quickly or they wont get anyone decent.

  • Graham

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #15

    Tommyv – I doubt it will happen either (it was a bit tongue in cheek by the way – sorry if it passed you by)

    But why not call them by their real names – we’re all sensible people after all – not 6 year olds

  • cathal

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #16

    graham man be realistic, people can say what they want! but i do agree wit u, the chelski thing drives me mad, as its generally man united supporters who use it to say that chelsea are trying to but the title. last yr chelsea spent 18mill. united spent over 60mill. i rest my case.

  • tommyy

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #17

    I think we need some proper wingers. Milner and N’Zogbia are both good players but are, in my opinion, more suited to playing a central role.
    As for Gudjohnson, I think he would bring valuable experience, class and ability to the team if he played in either midfield or up front. He is still a very good player, who will be a great signing to whoever he decides to go to.

  • tommyy

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #18

    Graham – No problem, i guess i did react a little harshly. It is, after all, your opinion aswell and you have as much right as anyone who uses those terms, to be annoyed by them. I myself think they are slightly childish and rather petty, but it would be unfair to ban someone or prohibit them from using them just because of this.
    Also we may all be sensible people, but when it comes to football i think some people forget about being sensible. 😀

  • reillers

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #19

    I don’t know, he can be a good player, when he’s not sulking when things don’t go his way. But I think we’ve better players in the likes of Martins anyway.
    He might be good for us, but he’s supposed to have a terrible attitude. He’s too old and the fact that we left wee Dunne slip through our hands because apparently, he’s too old, then we certainly shouldn’t even look at him. But we probably will because he’s a big name and I striker with a big name, star status, once upon a times makes the management and owners drool at Newcastle. We would have been far better off pushing for Dunne. I don’t want a pre madonna at the club who only plays for himself and will demand to be starting all the time. Gudjohnson wont come anyway, he’ll see himself too good for us.

  • Marty

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #20

    Good,on,ya,son! I think he would be a good signing,he`s strong n tall n can score goals.
    Perfect for vidukas role.
    Realistically if we are gonna be a better side then we need our midfielders to be scoring 10+ a season n our strikers have to be hitting 20+.
    Remember ANDY COLE,we need serious amounts of goals this yr as last season was POO

  • tommyy

    Jun 7, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #21

    I don’t think that he is a prima donna, i believe he has a better attitude and work eithic than that from what i’ve heard Reillers? If he does go to another team, i doubt it would have been because he thinks he is to good to play for us, more likely the fact that he has a better connection with the club he does end up going to.

  • Marty

    Jun 7, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #22

    Hey Reillers,bit off the subject but i think it`s good for the Irish team that Roy is buying Irish n with the lads playin regularly together it should be good for the Green shirts.
    Wat ya think?

  • MarK

    Jun 7, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #23

    chelski, man yoo, le arse ,liverpoo

  • Leo

    Jun 7, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #24

    chelski chelski chelski there you go graham.

    ban people for saying chelski thats silly, whats wrong with the word chelski, i think chelski is a good word, do you not think chelski is a good word?

    i dont know whats wrong with chelski they seem the chelski that they have always been

    as for gudjohnsen, he is a chelski drop out and no one likes chelski drop outs do they, we havent had a great past with chelski drop outs have we

    those damn chelski dropouts

  • Leo

    Jun 7, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #25

    i just had to get it out of my system before THE BAN COMES INTO PLAY haha

    finished now, come to think of it i dont usually use the term


    Jun 7, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #26

    I nust agree with the overall view, hes 29 and would expect a huge wage!! + previous reports surgest that he would prefer a move to west ham or a london based club!!
    KK & Ashley stick with the plan!! swill would love to see Gomez in the BW Shirt!

  • Davies

    Jun 7, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #27

    I’d rather have Zigic. He’s a few years younger and will probably cost less. Also, he’s got a beefy left foot on him.

    Gudjohnsen is likely to be expensive and will probably go to the Hammers. He knows the owner apparently.



    Jun 7, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #28

    What about Fred ?

    He’s leaving Lyon and guess Who are favourites to get him.

  • Ian

    Jun 7, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #29

    HP Sarnies, stick to the plan- of having no decent players?
    The word is Milner wants out due to the new wage structure (he is second choice for Rafa) and I dont see anyone who wants to come to Newcastle who will improve the front three line up.

    I am not normally doom and gloom but this is not a good atmosphere for hiring new players, where is newcaslte to defend itself from all of the press comments, or are they 100% accurate?

  • beesi

    Jun 7, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #30

    Is Gudjohnsen Interested in Newcastle?…..


  • geordie genius

    Jun 7, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #31

    phew that made me dizzy i am away for a kip.

  • geordie genius

    Jun 7, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #32


  • craig chisholm

    Jun 7, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #33

    firstly graham……its not man utd at all… really is manure!! same as they are all calling us newcashley now as the fat twat wont spend a bean on any players. i like calderon when he said, the money should be on the pitch, that man is right. afterall, for all morts dripping on about us being like a pack of cards about to fold blah blah and that they have paid off the debt etc, how come we were one of only five clubs in the prem that tuned in a profit?? someone else on another blog said a good thing, players bring in money and glam and sell shirts and tickets too. look at beckham, he alone changed madrid from in debt to the richest club in the world. calderon just yesterday said that ronaldo would be worth half a billion to them in sales alone over ten years. you godda be in it to win it. if we go out with the mindset that spend little and hope for the best then we will get left miles and miles behind. i can see us in a relegation fight again next season – all season long. i want to know how ashley can be justified in thinking cos he has paid debt off it will equate to field success?? how can they be arsed off with kk for him saying we have no chance of challenging – he is telling the truth.
    as for gudjohnsen, daft title for this blog i reckon, of course the twat doesnt want to come to us. he has knocked us back twice before – and that was when we still looked half decent, now yesterday he told us to get stuffed again, thats three times ed, i think its safe to say he dont wanna come to us. mind you, turan does, just a shame we cant be arsed to pay 11 million for a player that will be worth double that in a couple of weeks time.

  • Norman Conquest

    Jun 7, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #34

    geordie genius wrote…..
    Whats a creton, you cretin!
    Genius my arse! 😀

  • geordie genius

    Jun 7, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #35

    OUTSTANDING MR CHISHOLM ! now clear off the lot of you my heed hurts.

  • geordie genius

    Jun 7, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #36


  • geordie genius

    Jun 7, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #37


  • Ian

    Jun 7, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #38

    Well put Mr Chisolm.

    No debt is great, no income isnt, debt or no debt.

    Season tickets need selling, TV spots need selling, merchandise needs selling.

    Owen Martins and someone like Cisse will sell seats, TV and shirts etc.

    No Martins, Owen, Milner, NZogbia and a few unknowns will not make any of the above fly off the shelf.

    There would only be handful of natives rushing out to buy season tickets if Zigic signs up, I wouldnt bother printing shirts and many others may hold off the season tickets to see if the newcomers are any good first as cheap seats will be available ad hoc if they are crap. Under Allerdyce it was easy to pay as you go and choose your seat.

  • reillers

    Jun 7, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #39

    Marty, a bit off topic ya. It could be a very good thing because a lot of the players are so young most of them are just wee lads. Especially the lads he’s buying I’m very impressed that’s he’s buying so many of them. He’s planning on going for Hunty, Doylers, Dunne, Ireland, Foley and McGeady. The young wee lads at Sunderland are playing together, getting used to each other, it’s very good for the Irish team. Well it can’t do much harm.
    The others who aren’t at Sunderland are either in the championship or tend to be the more senior lads, like Keane, Dunne, Duff and Given who are all fabulous players and can take care of themselves and can just slot in nicely as well and with the exception of maybe Duff, have their places guaranteed. The Irish team has so much potential hopefully Trapa can get that to work because there’s a lot of good hard working players there, maybe not world class individual players with the exception of some of the senior lads but are good team players. Keane having so many wee Irish lads playing together can only be a good thing for them..I hope.

  • scott9

    Jun 7, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #40

    i disagreed with him bein a gud signing at first but for 4m he is defo worth it but i wudnt pay him silly wages witch i rekon he will ask for.


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