Fulham to poach Gudjohnsen as Spurs dally
Published 23:00 26/06/10 By Paul Smith
Eidur Gudjohnsen is poised to join Fulham unless Tottenham intervene either to extend his loan deal or sign him permanently from French club Monaco.
Gudjohnsen has been left in limbo at White Hart Lane despite the club’s promise to thrash out a new deal if they qualified for the Champions League.
The Icelandic striker has become increasingly frustrated by the situation, prompting Fulham, Stoke and Blackburn to tempt him to leave and sign for them instead.
Chairman Daniel Levy has refused to sign off the deal for the former Bolton, Chelsea and Barcelona star while Tottenham attempt to off-load some key squad players including Robbie Keane.
While Gudjohnsen was happy to remain at Tottenham and has ruled out a return to Monaco, unless there is a significant movement in the next few weeks he is likely to review his position.
And Fulham, finalists in the Europa League this season, are favourites to secure his signature.
A move to either Stoke or Blackburn is likely to be ruled out because Gudjohnsen has become settled in his rented accommodation in London.
At the moment he is being forced to commute from the capital back to Barcelona, where his family have remained since he left the Spanish giants.
His two young sons Svein and Andri-Lucas are also in the Barcelona football academy. Fulham manager Roy Hodgson, who has been strongly linked with the Liverpool post vacated by Rafael Benitez, has been intricately involved in negotiations with Gudjohnsen’s advisers about a move to Craven Cottage.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is far from happy with developments and urged Levy to tie up a deal with Gudjohnsen or risk losing him to one of their rivals.