Yesterday, rumors were swirling about who the Wizards might make their next designated player. Tonight, Robb Heineman let the fans on Big Soccer know that they have offered a contract to Icelandic striker Eidur Gudjohnsen.
Gudjohnsen, who has played for Chelsea, Barcelona and most recently Monaco, spent all of 2010 on loan at Tottenham Hotspur. It is expected that Tottenham are also going to make an offer.
I like this. He's only 31, has great experience and is a composed scorer (he had 54 goals during his 6-year stint with Chelsea). He probably won't put a lot of butts in the seats, but he will do something that's probably more important: Help the team win.
Here's thefull post Heineman made on BigSoccer.com:
Wanted to give you an update since there's a good amount of speculation. We've made a formal offer to Icelandic striker Eidur Gudjohnsen.
Most of you here on the soccer blogs will recognize the name, but a lot of people in the general public probably won’t, and that’s ok. We think he’s the type of player that is a perfect Designated Player signing for us. He’s a big, strong target forward who is tough as nails and works hard all the time. He’s played for Chelsea, Barcelona and some of the biggest clubs in Europe, so he’s a proven player.
He’s recently been at Tottenham (loaned from AS Monaco), and I'm relatively certain they will make an offer as well. This is the type of guy we want to go after: A world-class player who knows how to win championships. I'm hopeful we get this done, but it's going to be a bit of a waiting game.