Saturday 3 December 2016

Hammers left raging at Gudjohnsen as Spurs turn star's head

Published 28/01/2010 | 05:00

Eidur Gudjohnsen would prefer to join Tottenham but he will have to wait until they reach an agreement with Monaco before he can negotiate personal terms over a loan move until the end of the season.

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Spurs' late hijacking of the deal has infuriated West Ham's co-owner David Sullivan, who thought that they had the player in the bag when he completed a medical at the club on Tuesday. However, Gudjohnsen had not finalised his personal terms with West Ham and did not make any firm commitment that he would join.

Gudjohnsen was a Spurs supporter as a boy and wants to hear what the club will offer him if they can agree terms with Monaco.

Harry Redknapp has already said that Monaco will pay a large proportion of the player's wages, which makes it even more attractive. Pending talks between chairman Daniel Levy and Monaco, Spurs are confident they will get the player.

Although Redknapp said that it would not affect any of his four existing strikers, he would listen to offers for Robbie Keane and Roman Pavlyuchenko. The Russian striker has interested Birmingham City, but all that would be contingent on Gudjohnsen agreeing to join Spurs.

Gudjohnsen would appear to have burned his bridges with West Ham. Sullivan said: "We thought we had a deal. We then heard that Tottenham were trying to speak to the player. I can't say I am happy about it but I believe in karma and what goes around, comes around."

Rewarded

Michael Dawson has been rewarded with a new contract at White Hart Lane until 2015 following his contribution this season.

The 26-year-old centre-back has been a regular following injury to Jonathan Woodgate and the fact that club captain Ledley King is unable to play matches in quick succession.

Spurs have kept seven clean sheets in their last nine matches, with Dawson playing in all of those games, and his form has led to Redknapp tipping his defender to earn a first cap for England.

"I am delighted that the club wants me to stay for another five-and-a-half years," said Dawson. "I have loved it here ever since I first signed."

Redknapp is still looking for a reserve goalkeeper and the search could intensify following a shoulder injury on Tuesday night to Heurelho Gomes, who is yet to have his problem fully assessed.

Redknapp has also allowed the forward Giovani dos Santos to join Turkish club Galatasaray on loan for the rest of the season and has previously said he would not stand in the way of a short-term return to Portsmouth for the England U-21 midfielder Jamie O'Hara.

Elsewhere, Mick McCarthy will make a third and final bid for Hull's Stephen Hunt. Sunderland boss Steve Bruce will look to revive interest in Liverpool's Ryan Babel. Manchester City target Paulo Henrique Ganso has said he's not keen on joining the club.

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