Ex-Bolton, Chelsea, and Barcelona Great Eidur Gudjohnsen Is On Trial With Seattle Sounders FC

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Leon Osman of Everton (R) competes with Eidur Gudjohnsen of Fulham during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Fulham at Goodison Park on March 19, 2011 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Eidur Godjohnsen was originally brought to Bolton Wanderers from KR Reykjavik by former manager Colin Todd. The forward was unveiled Jimmy Phillips' testimonial against Celtic and impressed right from the off. Gudjohnsen spent two years at Bolton, scoring 19 in 59 appearances. Phil Gartside had said that it would take clubs £10 million to get Eidur out of his Bolton contract but the Icelandic forward ended up going for only £4 million to Chelsea.

Signed by Gianluca Vialli at Chelsea, Gudjohnsen formed a lethal partnership with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, scoring 23 goals on his own that season. Eidur spent six years at Chelsea before being sold to FC Barcelona for a reported fee of €12 million plus add-ons. Gudjohnsen stayed at Barca until 2009 before joining Ligue 1 side Monaca. Since leaving Barcelona, Gudjohnsen has struggled to find a club and has had spells at Tottenham Hotspur, Stoke City, Fulham, and AEK Athens.

Now, Sounder At Heart's Jeremiah Oshan is reporting that the former Bolton great is now on trial with Seattle Sounders of MLS. Gudjohnsen told Icelandic press:

"I'm just going to see situations, I train there for a few days and see how I described on this," he's quoted as telling 433.is via Google Translate. "It's been playing for a while, I decided to put me on this. I'm not ready to promise anything before I get there, I just go and meet people at the club."

Seattle Sounders have confirmed the trial on their side as well with Oshan reporting:

Adrian Hanauer has confirmed that Gudjohnsen will be here this week. He also noted that it's at least possible that he could play this year, although did not make a signing sound imminent.

Read the full story at SB Nation's Seattle Sounders Blog: Sounder At Heart

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