Gudjohnsen linked once again as Fernandes criticises board
PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 July 2011
Icelandic striker set for Hammers move while Malaysian businessman wants to concentrate on Formula One
Icelandic striker Eidur Gudjohnsen has once again been linked with a move to the Hammers.
It seems that every transfer window, West Ham are linked with the player who spent the second half of last season on loan at Fulham, but it now seems that the 32-year-old could actually be on his way to Upton Park.
Gudjohnsen played under Sam Allardyce at Bolton, scoring 27 goals in 77 appearances before joining Chelsea in a £5million move, and the West Ham boss confirmed his interest this week.
“We are certainly interested in bringing him to West Ham,” Allardyce said in an exclusive interview with the Advertiser.
“But negotiations on this one are at an early stage.”
News of Gudjohnsen’s potential move to West Ham broke earlier in the week, when the striker’s father, Arnor, revealed that his son had two offers on the table.
“I can confirm that both Swansea and West Ham have now offered contracts to Eidur,” he said.
“He is looking at both the offers.”
According to reports, Gudjohnsen is set to have a medical at West Ham today (Thursday).
Meanwhile, Tony Fernandes, the owner of the Air Asia airline and team principal of Formula One’s Team Lotus, has once again hit the headlines this week in relation to West Ham.
The 47-year-old Malaysian entrepreneur and lifelong Hammers fan revealed that he would have considered bringing Gianfranco Zola back to West Ham if his proposed takeover had succeeded.
Fernandes had reportedly told current co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan not to appoint a new manager while he was in negotiations to buy a 51 per cent stake in the club last month.
However, Fernandes’ offer was rejected by Gold and Sullivan and he called Gold, Sullivan and Karren Brady “not nice people to deal with to put it mildly”.
Fernandes also criticised the board’s decision to appoint Allardyce.
“West Ham is all about a style of football which you won’t get with Allardyce,” Fernandes said.
“And I just can’t understand why Avram Grant was ever in charge. Zola is far more suited to managing the club.
“There are not many teams with West Ham’s support and tradititions. But the way I was treated by Brady in particular has put me off football.
“I’m concentrating on my F1 team now. I can build something here.”
Unfortunately for Fernandes, both of Team Lotus’ cars were out of the British Grand Prix before the 10th lap at Silverstone last weekend.