Gudjohnsen hopeful of Spurs move

West Ham livid as Monaco striker chooses to wait for rivals rather than complete Irons deal
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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.

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 his 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 Tottenham.

Gudjohnsen would appear to have burned his bridges with West Ham. Sullivan said: "We thought we had a deal and the player had even had a medical. 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."

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 the club captain and erstwhile England centre-half 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 obviously delighted that the club wants me to stay for another five-and-a-half years," said Dawson. "I was at Nottingham Forest from a young age and stayed for a long time but then Tottenham came along and I was keen to further my career. I have loved it here ever since I first signed and so it was an easy decision to extend my stay at the club."

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 the 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 Under-21 midfielder Jamie O'Hara.