West Ham United boss Gianfranco Zola says he would like to bring Barcelona forward Eidur Gudjohnsen to Upton Park this summer. The former Bolton and Chelsea striker has made 72 league appearances for the Catalans, scoring 10 times, since arriving in 2006 and was an unused substitute in the club's Champions League final success against Manchester United in May. But despite being under contract until 2010, reports in Spain have suggested that Gudjohnsen will now depart for around €5 million, a fee that is believed to have interested several English sides, including Blackburn Rovers, West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur. The Hammers suffered a major injury setback on Wednesday, with Luis Boa Morte expected to be out until the New Year after sustaining cruciate ligament damage in an Asia Trophy tie against Tottenham Hotspur in Beijing. And with fellow forward Dean Ashton being linked with a switch to Stoke City, Zola has revealed that he would like to sign Gudjohnsen - and Inter Milan front-man Mario Balotelli - to bolster his attacking options. "Lots of players have been linked to West Ham and Gudjohnsen is one of them," he said. "We would love to have him playing for us, but we will see what happens. "We have to be more effective going forward and certainly we are on the lookout for another striker. "I don't know who it will be, but hopefully somebody will come." NEWS: Zola striving for Super Mario signing NEWS: Gudjohnsen - England return far from inevitable NEWS: Gudjohnsen future still not finalised NEWS: Gudjohnsen likely to return to England NEWS: Gudjohnsen open to Zola reunion NEWS: Gudjohnsen free to leave Camp Nou NEWS: Gudjohnsen eyes return to England
30 July 2009
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