A deal where the Hammers have everything to gain and nothing to lose

Football FanCast guest columnist Ray Mercer feels that signing Eidur Gudjohnsen would be a deal where West Ham has nothing to lose, but everything to gain.

I don't know what happened to the three supposed new arrivals that Scott Duxbury said we were hoping to bring to Upton Park a few weeks back, but with Jimenez the only new name on board plenty of work has to still be done to strengthen our push ahead of next season. In fairness there have been plenty of names flying about as you would expect, with some good, some bad and some damn right ugly, but the only name that has really caught my eye has been Barcelona's Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Despite his Chelski roots, Gudjohnsen is a top quality player and one I would love to see at Upton Park. Eidur is an excellent target man, possesses a wonderful touch and for me would be the ideal foil for Cole or Savio in attack. He has cleverness to his game, can play in behind the striker and possesses the same ability to create openings out of nothing, with a clever pass or flick. In many ways his style is very Sheringham-esque and would certainly bring some versatility to a strike force where they are all similar in their style.

Zola has been full of praise of his former teammate and suggested that he wouldn't rule out the opportunity to bring him to Upton Park, although was quick to point out that given Eidur's qualities that we are unlikely to be the only team interested in his services. That is fair comment but on the same token Gudjohnsen himself a couple of weeks back said that he would welcome a return to London and suggested that Zola's style of play would suit him so it's fair to say a deal is in the offing if we were to actively pursue it. Apparently Barcelona are prepared to release him on a free transfer, therefore we really have nothing to lose and only have to find some common ground in terms of wages. I'm sure he was on a fair whack at Barca and a wage that we are unlikely to get anywhere close to, but perhaps we should look to some sort of compromise over Gudjohnsen, especially as we do not have to pay any transfer fee. In my mind it is a deal where West Ham really has everything to gain and nothing to lose and should he fail to settle or fit in (which I really doubt) then we can always cash in on him at the end of the season and get some sort of fee.

Would you like to see Gudjohnsen at Upton Park or should Zola focus his efforts on other striking targets?