Monday 19 March 2018

Tottenham in talks with Gudjohnsen

John Ley

Eidur Gudjohnsen is holding extensive talks with Tottenham after undergoing a medical at West Ham.

Gudjohnsen, the former Barcelona and Chelsea striker, is at Monaco but the French club have agreed to let him leave.

He held talks with Gianfranco Zola and even underwent a medical at 8pm last night, but Tottenham’s late intervention could see the Icelander switch London clubs.

After last night’s 2-0 win over Fulham, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, who failed to persuade former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy to join him, said: “I like Gudjohnsen. He’s a good footballer and an interesting player on a loan. I spoke to his agent, he said he was going to West Ham, so I left it with the agent and Daniel.

“He would be a good loan signing. We have got a lot of games coming up and he would suit the way we play. When I heard about it I thought it would be interesting because I think Monaco are going to do a big part of his wages.”

And, if the 31-year-old prefers White Hart Lane to Upton Park, West Ham will switch their attentions to Benjani Mwaruwari, Manchester City’s 31-year-old striker.

Liverpool have shown an interest in the Zimbabwean but the former Portsmouth forward could be tempted to work with Zola, who is desperate for attacking cover, even though Carlton Cole made a late appearance as a substitute at Fratton Park last night after recovering from a long-term injury problem.

Meanwhile, Redknapp could be busy looking for a goalkeeper in addition to a striker. Redknapp has been searching for a back-up keeper after losing Carlo Cudicini for the season following a car crash.

And last night, first-choice Heurelho Gomes suffered a shoulder injury in a collision with team-mate Ledley King and had to have a painkilling injection at half time to complete the match.

“He hurt his shoulder and had to have an injection at half time,” said Redknapp. “The doctor persuaded him he could carry on but we will find out on Wednesday how bad he is.”

Redknapp, who was previously interested in signing Portsmouth’s David James, could resurrect a move for the England goalkeeper, close to moving to Stoke, if Gomes’ injury is serious.

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