Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Redknapp admits Spurs' interest in Gudjohnsen

Tottenham are interested in bringing in Eidur Gudjohnsen on loan for the rest of the season, but Harry Redknapp believes West Ham have beaten them to the former Barcelona and Chelsea forward's signature.

Redknapp expects Gudjohnsen to join West Ham but confirmed they had made an inquiry about taking him on loan for the rest of the season, with his parent club Monaco paying the bulk of the wages.

"I spoke to his agent, he said he was going to West Ham, so I left it with the agent," Redknapp said after the Barclays Premier League win over Fulham.

"I would take him on a loan. He would be good loan signing playing in different systems.

"He's a good footballer and an interesting player on a loan but I think he's gone to West Ham."

Redknapp currently has Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch, Robbie Keane and Roman Pavlyuchenko competing for two places in attack but Gudjohnsen could play in a deeper role.

Crouch opened the scoring against Fulham at White Hart Lane and the 2-0 victory was completed when David Bentley's free-kick deflected off Bjorn Helge Riise.

It was a rare golden moment for Bentley, who wants to leave Spurs and was a surprise choice on the teamsheet after Niko Kranjcar fell ill.

"David did well," said Redknapp. "Kranjcar was sick so I gave him an opportunity and he took it well. If he plays well he has a chance.

"When he plays like that he has every chance, if he shows a good attitude and comes to work and plays hard.

"When you're not in the team you're disappointed but he showed a great attitude."

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson added: "We were unfortunate with the second goal. I would have been less disappointed if they scored when they started well in the first 20 minutes.

"I'm still proud of the performance. It was a brave performance and hard-working with the injuries we have. Spurs knew they were in a game but we didn't create enough so cannot complain about the result."

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