Stumbling Kerala set to bring in Guðjón Baldvinsson
Written by: Ali Shibil Roshan
A member of the Blasters' coaching staff, Hermann Hreiðarsson is the chief catalyst for the deal.
Indian Super League side, Kerala Blasters are all set to sign former Iceland international, Guðjón Baldvinsson as a replacement for the offloaded striker, Mark Sifneos, if reports from Iceland media's are to be believed.
Kerala Blasters released their young striker Sifneos after both parties came to an mutual agreement, but sources close to the developments have informed Khel Now that the player asked the to leave the club and it is reliably understood that Sifneos had offers from few other clubs.
Having scored four goals for the team from 11 matches this season, Sifneos' exclusion was a bit shocking, and it has already made a huge uproar against the management.
To bring calm and order to the team, Blasters are in negotiations with Icelandic striker Guðjón Baldvinsson and the player has reportedly arrived in India to finalize the deal, which will likely be a loan move from his current club Stjarnan. The span of the deal will be until the end of the ISL season and the player will return to Stjarnan, in order to participate in his native league.
A graduate of the Stjarnan academy, Guðjón kick-started his professional career playing for them in the Úrvalsdeild karla, top-tier league in Iceland. The lanky striker spent four years there, and featured in 66 times, while scoring 36 goals. He then joined Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur, and spent a year there.
In 2009, Guðjón became a part of Swedish outfit GAIS, but failed to establish his mark there. After a year, he rejoined Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur and spent a year there, before moving to Halmstads BK, where he plied his trade for two more years.
He then became a part of FC Nordsjælland, a Danish side, and spent few months there before finally returning to his childhood club, Stjarnan. A prolific goalscorer, Guðjón has also represented the Iceland national team and his inclusion into the southern outfit will be a much-needed boost for the team.
However, there are also reports linking Nilmar, Neil Kilkenny to Kerala Blasters, but the club haven't confirmed any negotiations. Elsewhere, it's also understood that Dimitar Berbatov will continue with the team, contrary to earlier reports suggesting he'd be offloaded.
Published: Thu Jan 25, 2018 08:26 PM IST