Eidur Smari Gudjohnsen moves to Stoke City

Yesterday’s clinching of a deal to sign Icelandic international Eidur Smari Gudjohnsen is being hailed as something of a coup for Stoke City FC in England’s Premiership. But he doesn’t come cheap.

DV reports that Eidur Smari’s monthly wage at Monaco is some ISK 30 million and Stoke had committed to pay the lion’s share of his wages while they have him on loan from Monaco from September up to and including next May. That would add up to around GBP 1.5 million, or ISK 270 million. However, it has since been reported that Gudjohnsen is not on loan at all: he will in fact join The Potters on a permanent basis with a transfer fee from Monaco of GBP 2 million, according to The Daily Mail.

British media reported great interest on both sides in a return to England after spells with Bolton, Chelsea and Tottenham – but that deals kept collapsing due to the player’s high wage demands. However, in the end Stoke City took a decision to follow through and ensure the deal was closed before the transfer window deadline at the end of yesterday.