News again today that Newcastle are interested in Eidur Gudjohnsen, and certainly the fee mentioned of Â£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.
Gudjohnsenâ€™s agent is his father Arnor, and he talked about a possible move back to the Premier League yesterday:
â€œOne Premier League club has shown a lot of interest in Eidur,â€
â€œHe would certainly be interested in a move back to England, but he is not going to rush into making a decision.”
â€œEidur and his family are settled in Barcelona and he has two years left on his contract, but his chances were limited last season.â€
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.