Cercle Brugge have confirmed Eidur Gudjohnsen may move to a foreign club on a free transfer this month, although Perth Glory have told ESPN they are not interested in the forward.
Gudjohnsen joined Cercle Brugge in October after leaving the financially embattled AEK Athens last season.
However, the Belgian Pro League club’s chairman, Paul Vanhaecke, has revealed a contract clause requested by Gudjohnsen would allow the forward to exit abroad by January 31 for nothing. Serie A side Torino are said to be interested.
Rivals Club Brugge have also expressed their interest in Gudjohnsen, offering a reported €300,000 for the 34-year-old. This bid is understood to have been rejected, though Vanhaecke says the nature of Gudjohnsen’s contract is placing increased pressure on the club.
"With a Belgian club, we can always reach an agreement," Vanhaecke told newspaper De Standaard. "But we are in a very difficult situation.
“The decision that we have to make is whether we can stop the player leaving and keep him motivated. This is often wishful thinking. We want to keep Eidur, but if options abroad occur, we may lose him for free.
“[If] he remains in Belgium, then we will get compensation. The offer from Club Brugge is interesting from a purely financial perspective, but that would not make us happy, and would not make the fans happy either. We realise that, in this situation, it is not going to end well.”
Meanwhile, A-League outfit Perth Glory have ruled out a move for Gudjohnsen, dismissing reports in Belgium linking the player to an Australian move.
"There is definitely no truth to the rumour," Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson told ESPN. "I was contacted about Eidur Gudjohnsen but he’s never been discussed and we have no interest signing him."
Gudjohnsen is expected to miss the derby with Club Brugge on January 20, and with Cercle currently propping up the table with only 14 points, his future beyond that date remains uncertain.