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Tottenham complete Eidur Gudjohnsen loan capture


Redknapp confirms interest in trio

Tottenham have completed the signing of former Chelsea and Barcelona forward Eidur Gudjohnsen on a loan deal from Monaco for the end of the season.

The 31-year-old Icelander, who also attracted interest from London rivals West Ham, underwent a medical and agreed terms on the move on Thursday.

"He's a player I've always admired," said boss Harry Redknapp. "He can play several positions and is very clever.

"It was his decision to come to us. He said 'I want to come to Tottenham'."

West Ham had been confident of arranging a deal after Gudjohnsen underwent a medical at the club.

But Spurs, who BBC Sport understands have been negotiating a deal for the player for several weeks, convinced him to opt for north rather than east London.

"I rang him and left a message on his phone and he came back to me and said 'I want to come to Tottenham'," said Redknapp. "He gives us lots of options. He is a top player."

Gudjohnsen will provide cover for a number of positions as they look to push for a top-four finish.

They already have four strikers in Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch, Robbie Keane and Roman Pavlyuchenko at the club, though Birmingham City are in talks with the Londoners about signing the latter.

The Russian is keen to leave White Hart Lane after falling down the pecking order, but Redknapp said: "We're not keen to sell him. We're happy with him. Technically he's a terrific player."

Gudjohnsen's arrival will not necessarily mean one of the quartet will be leaving.

It is thought he is more likely to be used as an experienced replacement for Giovani dos Santos, the Mexican playmaker who joined Galatasaray on loan until the end of the season on Wednesday.


Gudjohnsen had got as far as having a medical at West Ham, and his decision to choose Spurs upset West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola, a former Chelsea team-mate of the Icelandic player.

"I am disappointed with Spurs and disappointed with Gudjohnsen. I was expecting good behaviour from him," said Zola.

"They keep telling me that football has got like this right now and I keep saying that when I'm dealing with people, I always expect for the people that I have got in front me to behave in a certain way - with respect. That wasn't the case here."

West Ham have made new strikers a priority in the transfer window, as they look to drag themselves away from the relegation zone.

Benni McCarthy poised to sign from Blackburn for £2.5m and Celtic's Scott McDonald is also on their radar.

Gudjohnsen has won League titles in England, Holland and Spain, and was an unused substitute for Barcelona when they won the Champions League final in 2009.

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