Tottenham confirm Gudjohnsen signing
Friday 29 January 2010
Monaco striker Eidur Gudjohnsen has joined Tottenham on loan until the end of the season, manager Harry Redknapp confirmed today.
The former Chelsea and Barcelona star underwent a medical with the club yesterday and joins an attacking line-up which already includes Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch and Roman Pavlyuchenko.
"He's player I've always admired," said Redknapp. "He can play several positions and is a very clever footballer.
"It was his decision to come to us. I rang him and left a message on his phone and he came back to me and said I want to come to Tottenham.
"He gives us lots of options. He is a top player."
The Tottenham boss also confirmed that Birmingham were in talks for Russian striker Pavlyuchenko but, added: "We're not keen to sell him. We're happy with him. Technically he's a terrific player."
Gudjohnsen, 31, began his career in England with Bolton and subsequently spent six years at Chelsea before joining Barca in 2006.
Last summer the Iceland international joined Monaco on a two-year deal, but has failed to find his best form in the principality.
Gudjohnsen, who will not be in the Spurs squad which travels to Birmingham tomorrow, looks set to be joined at White Hart Lane by Portsmouth defender Younes Kaboul and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is in advanced talks with Pompey over a move for £10million-rated defender Kaboul, who is one of the prized assets at the cash-strapped south-coast club.
Kaboul was taken to Fratton Park by Redknapp in August 2008 having only joined Tottenham the previous summer. It is believed Spurs are still owed £2m from Portsmouth for the original sale of Kaboul.
Redknapp said: "We're keen to bring him back if the deal is good for everybody."
Meanwhile, winger Aaron Lennon has been diagnosed with a slight hernia problem after undergoing a scan, but will not undergo an operation.
Spurs are hoping physio treatment will solve the problem and Lennon is aiming to return to action in two weeks' time.
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