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Irons in striker talks

Filed: Sunday, 12th August 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel

Eggert Magnusson has confirmed that West Ham are in talks with Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Magnusson, talking to Icelandic website visir.is last night revealed that the Hammers are involved in negotiations to bring the former Bolton and Chelsea forward back to England.

"Talks are ongoing," said Magnusson, when questioned by an Icelandic journalist following yesterday's 2-0 defeat against Manchester City over the move to bring Iceland's favourite son to East London.

But contradicting earlier reports that suggested a fee of around £8m has been agreed for the 28-year-old striker, he added:

"We have not had an offer accepted by Barcelona - the papers are wrong. What is happening right now is that we are in talks with Eidur and his agent.

"Thatís how things stand at this moment in time."

Gudjohnsen has been declared surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp just 14 months after moving to Barcelona from Chelsea in a deal worth £8m, following the recent arrival of Thierry Henry from Arsenal.

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by Nick Johnson
07:43AM 14th Aug 2007
''A player of Gudjohnson's quality can only be an asset. However I cant image Ljungberg, Bellamy and Eidur all playing together somehow. It is clear from Saturday that we need a playmaker in midfield ...''

by George
06:39PM 13th Aug 2007
''Re Ian's call for a rock at centre half . we do have a Hammer of the Year in Gabbidon, Collins who is always worth his place and Upson who did look half decent Saturday. Besides Ferdie who I know can flatter to deceive. Frankly that's enough centre halves for anyone. George is fine but he's the only left sided full back we appear to have. As for Gudj... would you leave Barcalona for the Boleyn at 28/29? Unless he's another one looking for a retirement home, but he's a bit young for that.''

by ross driscoll
03:04PM 13th Aug 2007
''Not only is he a great striker, Gudjohnsen can also play in midfield like he did at Chelsea. You only had to see the game on Saturday to see we need a lot more strength in midfield ...''

by George B
10:42PM 12th Aug 2007
''I think he would be a quality signing for us, I think him plus Shorey and our summer signings are done with ... unless Eggerts got his eye on some top class ...''

by Ian Bullock
08:02PM 12th Aug 2007
''Whilst its nice to have quality in midfield and upfront, in my opinion, we are not going anywhere until we sort things out in defence. We need a rock at centre-half and a left-footed full back. I believe that would give us more of a solid foundation and would cure the leaking defence ...''

by Michael
04:01PM 12th Aug 2007
''Personally I think he would be a great buy for us but I would be happier if we heard of some top class midfield and back four players being earmarked/bought.''

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