Eidur Gudjohnsen explains why he joined Tottenham Hotspur over West Ham in 2010

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The Icelandic international ended up at White Hart Lane and not the Boleyn Ground.

In January 2010 Tottenham Hotspur brought Icelandic legend and former Chelsea forward Eidur Gudjohnsen back to the Premier League on loan from AS Monaco.

The former Bolton Wanderers and Chelsea attacker had left England for Barcelona in 2006 and joined Monaco the previous summer. But he failed to settle in French football and Spurs snapped him up on loan until the end of the 2009-10 season.

However he could have ended up elsewhere - with West Ham United keen.

Speaking to FourFourTwo this week the 37-year-old, who has 84 caps for Iceland, said of his decision:

“When I landed in London, I had a decision to make: West Ham or Spurs?

"I opted for the team pushing for Champions League places rather than a team fighting at the other end of the table. That was the only reason for my decision.”

West Ham ended up bringing in Benni McCarthy, Mido and Ilan - with the latter the only reasonable success - and did end up staying in the Premier League table by five points from Burnley.

Gudjohnsen meanwhile helped Spurs to a fourth-placed finish ahead of Manchester City - scoring twice in 14 appearances for the club and has lived a journeyman's career ever since in Greece, Belgium and China - with a spell back at Bolton last season.

Currently a free agent he is looking for a new club in order to assure himself of a place at the European Championships with Iceland this summer.

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