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Spurs get Gudjohnsen

LONDON, January 30- Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp on Friday confirmed the signing of Eidur Gudjohnsen on loan from Monaco and revealed he was negotiating to bring Younes Kaboul back to the club from Portsmouth.

Gudjohnsen, the former Barcelona and Chelsea forward, had been expected to join West Ham, where he had a medical earlier this week, but has instead opted to join Tottenham’s push for a top four finish and a place in next season’s Champions League.

Having passed a medical on Thursday, Gudjohnsen joins a squad that already has four strikers in Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch and Roman Pavlyuchenko, although the latter could yet be sold to Birmingham before the transfer window closes on Monday.

"He’s a player I’ve always admired," Redknapp said of the 31-year-old Icelander. "He can play several positions and is a very clever footballer.

"It was his decision to come to us. I rang him and left a message on his phone and he came back to me and said I want to come to Tottenham.

"He gives us lots of options. He is a top player."

The Tottenham boss confirmed that talks with Birmingham were ongoing on Pavlyuchenko but made it clear Spurs would drive a hard bargain over the price.

"We’re not keen to sell him," Rednapp claimed. "We’re happy with him. Technically he’s a terrific player."

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Redknapp said Spurs had been on the trail of Gudjohnsen for several weeks, before David Sullivan and David Gold completed their takeover at West Ham and launched their own search for striker reinforcements.

"I left a message saying ‘Eidur, if you are down the road with West Ham, (Gianfranco) Zola and Steve Clarke are friends of yours. Don’t fall out with them’. I get on great with David Sullivan and I don’t want any hassle with him either."

Redknapp said Gudjohnsen would not necessarily feature in attack for his new employers.

"He can play several positions," the Spurs boss added. "He had a great spell in midfield with Chelsea. He gives you options with your system. You don’t play at Barcelona and in the Champions League unless you are a top player."

Redknapp admitted he was very keen on bringing Kaboul back to Spurs and also expressed interest in Portsmouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

"Kaboul can play several positions," Redknapp said. "He can play right-back, holding midfield and centre-half.

"He’s a player at last realising his potential. I watched him several times at Auxerre and I thought he would be in the French team on a regular basis by now. I would be keen to bring him back if the deal is right for everybody."

Portsmouth desperately need to raise cash to appease creditors threatening to force the club into administration and Kaboul is valued at up to ten million pounds (11.5 million euros).

Spurs have sent midfielder Jamie O’Hara, who spent five months with Portsmouth earlier this season, back to the struggling club on loan until the end of the season.

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