Tottenham complete Eidur Gudjohnsen loan
Eidur Gudjohnsen has completed his loan move to Tottenham from Monaco while Harry Redknapp, the Spurs manager, is confident deals can be completed for Portsmouth pair Younes Kaboul and Asir Begovic.
Gudjohnsen trained with his team-mates for the first time today, and Redknapp said: “Ediur’s been done, he had a medical yesterday and so he’s joined us. I’m looking forward to having him. He’s a player I’ve always admired and we’ve been after him for a couple of weeks.
"We were chasing him, then obviously West Ham came in, but before the takeover we were hot on the trail of Eidur and had made contact with his people.
“I think he can play several positions. He’s a fantastic footballer a clever footballer, and I think he’ll be a good player for us.”
Redknapp insisted Tottenham Hotspur had done nothing wrong in signing a player seemingly heading for Upton Park.
“It was his decision, I rung him and left a message and said, ‘look, Eidur, if your down the road at West Ham and Steve Clarke and Gianfranco Zola are friends of yours, don’t fall out with them. I get on great with David Sullivan (co-owner) and I don’t want any hassle with him either’. But he said: ‘Harry, it’s my choice, I want to come to Tottenham.’ That was where it was at.”
Of the moves for Begovic and Kaboul, Redknapp added: “There’s a deal there. I’ve been talking to Avram (Grant) all throughout this saga; now the chairman’s dealing with it.
"I said to Avram that if you don’t want to sell them we won’t get involved but he said they need to sell them because of the situation at the club, they have to sell otherwise they would be in trouble.
“Asmir is not the finished article but has tremendous potential and Kaboul, I took from here and I think he’s an improved player, he’s 18 months older, he’s more experienced and I think he’s done well for them. And they need to sell him.”
Redknapp insisted, however, that Roman Pavlyuchenko is still wanted by Spurs despite interest from here and abroad.
“I’m not tempetd to sell him. I know Birmingham are interested, and have spoken to the chairman, I don’t know anything about Lokomotiv Moscow.
"It’s where a player wants to go, but we’re happy with him. He came back in good form. Technically he is a terrific player and we’re happy with him.”
Meanwhile, Tottenham midfielder Jamie O'Hara has joined Portsmouth on loan until the end of the season.
O'Hara made 14 appearances for the south coast club in the first half of the campaign, scoring his only goal to date in a 3-1 defeat at Blackburn in November.
The 23-year-old briefly returned to White Hart Lane earlier this month when his loan deal expired, but has been persuaded to return to Fratton Park by Grant.
O'Hara joined Spurs' academy in 2003 and has featured 56 times for the north London club, netting seven goals.