Gudmundsson signs in
Burnley have completed the signing of Charlton Athletic winger Johan Berg Gudmundsson with the Icelandic international signing a three year deal at Turf Moor, with an option in the club’s favour for a fourth year, after the clubs agreed a £2.5 million transfer fee with the potential for a further £1 million to be paid in add ons.
The signing has been delayed due to Gudmundsson having been involved in the Euros, playing in all of Iceland’s games, including the win against England, as they went on to reach the quarter-finals before going out to France.
He’s been with Charlton for the last two seasons after signing from AZ Alkmaar, the club from whom we signed Joey Gudjonsson, the only Icelandic to have played for the club. But Charlton are not the only English club he’s been involved with.
He lived in London as a youngster with his parents and was involved at youth level with both Chelsea and Fulham. He was homesick and returned home to Iceland in 2008 and joined his boyhood club Breiðablik before moving to the Netherlands a year later when AZ Alkmaar gave him a five year contract, this after he came close to joining Bundesliga club Hamburg. By then he’d played his first full international for Iceland, making his debut in a friendly against Azerbaijan.
Charlton followed at the end of that deal with Alkmaar. He signed a two year deal with the Addicks but so good was his first season at The Valley, during which he scored eleven goals including some spectacular efforts, he was offered a new four year deal until the end of the 2018/19 season.
He continued that sort of form last season and ended as the joint leading assist maker in the Championship alongside Alan Judge, the Brentford player who is currently out injured.
Burnley fans have seen him just the once, and that was in the 3-0 win at Charlton on the day we clinched the title. He was, without doubt, Charlton’s best player during the good spell they enjoyed in the first half.
It was inevitable that he would leave following their relegation and a number of clubs have certainly shown an interest in him. However, he’s now a Claret and joins the squad ahead of our third Premier League season.Share this page :