Spurs lining up striker swap
EIDUR Gudjohnsen hopes to seal a permanent move to Tottenham in the coming days, a move that would force Robbie Keane out of White Hart Lane. Gudjohnsen spent the second half of last season on loan with Spurs, having admitted...
EIDUR Gudjohnsen hopes to seal a permanent move to Tottenham in the coming days, a move that would force Robbie Keane out of White Hart Lane.
Gudjohnsen spent the second half of last season on loan with Spurs, having admitted that he made a mistake in joining French side Monaco from Barcelona last summer.
"I feel alive since I came back to England," he said in March. "I just didn't enjoy it in France. I didn't connect to my surroundings and didn't adapt to French football. "When you're not happy in your work, it's difficult to get the best out of yourself. It just wasn't a good match."
Gudjohnsen is desperate to stay in the Premier League and Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, who has been quiet in the transfer market so far, has asked chairman Daniel Levy to open his chequebook.
The Tottenham manager has stated that his primary goal this summer is to keep his existing squad together, and that includes retaining the services of Gudjohnsen.
The 31-year-old only made four starts for the Lilywhites in 2010 and scored just two goals, but Redknapp is a big fan of the ex-Chelsea striker's versatility, experience and his ability to retain possession.
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Gudjohnsen frequently came off the bench to help Spurs through narrow victories, and the Iceland international was on the pitch at the final whistle when Spurs overcame Everton, Stoke, Arsenal, Chelsea and Bolton - all by a single goal.
Redknapp feels that the Monaco forward offers different qualities to his other forwards, and is a useful, low-maintenance member of his four-man strike force.
The same cannot be said of Keane and, although both manager and player insist that he will be back at Tottenham next season, neither are keen to be reunited in N17.
Keane is loathe to resume his place on the Tottenham bench, and Gudjohnsen's arrival would leave him as the fifth-choicer striker at the Lane.
On the other hand, the Ireland captain had a dream spell at boyhood club Celtic, netting 12 league goals in 16 appearances and winning the club's player of the year award just two and a half months into his stay at Parkhead.
New Celtic boss Neil Lennon admits that he is keen to sign the 29-year-old, but he admits that the Scottish Premier League club could struggle to afford Tottenham's demands, particularly when Spurs paid �12million to take the forward back from Liverpool less than 18 months ago.
"I'd love to have Robbie Keane back here. It'll be his decision," said Lennon. "Financially it'll be a big decision for us if we can pull it off. He was wonderful. He made a massive contribution, not only on the field. He's got those leadership qualities that I'm looking for. He has that quality that we've been lacking this year and a half or so.