The 32-year-old had made just five substitute appearances since arriving from Monaco. The former Iceland captain has played at some of Europe’s top teams scoring a career total of 160 goals in all competitions.
Gudjohnsen started his career at Valur Reykjavik before moving on to PSV and having a brief spell with Bolton before going on to play for Chelsea and Barcelona. He later moved to Monaco, only playing nine times for them before going on loan to Tottenham and then signing a deal with Stoke in the summer.
It had recently been reported that the Royals were looking at a potential loan move, with the likes of West Brom’s Roman Bednar and Leicester’s Matty Fryatt being suggested. However, reports from Iceland indicated the Royals were preparing to land Gudjohnsen.
Gudjohnsen could be the ideal replacement for Gylfi Sigurdsson as the Royals have struggled to find goals as of late, and the experienced Icelandic man can play both attacking midfield and up front. However, Brian McDermott, the Reading manager has said he would like to sign a player who could potentially join permanently after a loan spell, and Stoke may not be ready to let go of Gudjohnsen on a permanent basis.
Could the former Icelandic starlet, and now veteran of the game Eidur Gudjohnsen replace Gylfi Sigurdsson, the new Icelandic starlet, who is being linked with a £10 million move to the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United? With the loan window closing at 12pm next Thursday, only time will tell.
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