That's the claim of the Mail's Dominic King and Paul Joyce in The Times who suggests that Everton will revive their interest in the Icelandic star after failing to land him with a reported £25m bid last summer.
Burnley's Michael Keane, Sunderland's Jordan Pickford and Brazilian striker Willian Josè also continue to be linked.
Swansea were not interested in selling the 27-year-old at that time but the player's own ambitions may force their hand this time. Sigurdsson hinted to the media last month that while he has enjoyed his time with the Swans, he is keen to play for a big club again.
Sigurdsson spent two seasons at Tottenham Hotspur before moving to South Wales in 2014.
Original Source: MailOnline
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1 Posted 11/04/2017 at 07:19:05
Question, however: unless Barkley departs, who does Sigurdsson replace in the lineup?
2 Posted 11/04/2017 at 07:33:25
3 Posted 11/04/2017 at 07:33:26
4 Posted 11/04/2017 at 07:42:59
Think we'll definitely be back in for him, Koeman rates him highly and wanted last summer and in January and Walsh recommended Leicester to go in for him last summer before he moved to us so obviously he's keen also so this could be a goer?!
The good thing for us though is that our if the top 6-7 teams in our league there's probably only us that want him and he would be a regular in our side! Don't think any of Chelsea, Man City, Man Utd or Arsenal will want him, probably will look at other options abroad. Liverpool may want him but same again, I think Klopp will be looking at other options abroad and he's been at Spurs and probably won't fancy going back so if he's to stay in the Premier League I think we'd have a great chance of signing him.
5 Posted 11/04/2017 at 07:46:55
Koeman has earmarked him as a possible signing, so hopefully it happens quickly in the summer.
6 Posted 11/04/2017 at 07:50:24
Sorry but for how good Davies is, Sigurdsson would walk into central midfield to play in the 3 with Schneiderlin & Gueye imo. He would compliment those 2 the best and all their styles would suit as well.
And if needs be he could play wide left in a forward 3 like he's played to good effect for Swansea this season.
To say he's not an improvement on what we have is just daft imo. Not having a go but every year we all come on sites and forums like this and moan about how we lack that type of player, a playmaker in the centre, someone to finally take over Arteta's mantel and Sigurdsson is exactly that player and some are turning their noses up at him. He'd be a great fit for us.
7 Posted 11/04/2017 at 08:03:20
Free kick skills desperately needed, big game attitude too.
8 Posted 11/04/2017 at 08:10:36
I can't see us keeping them both and Sigurdsson isn't going to displace Gana or Schneiderlin.
9 Posted 11/04/2017 at 08:31:55
I know Barkley has improved alot since January yes he has but there's still arguably a valuable commodity missing from his game over the last year.. Goals.
Keeping Barkley but also having Siguardsson wouldn't harm
10 Posted 11/04/2017 at 08:48:50
That is why being in Europe is key to keep all the squad happy. Why should players know they are in if fit when with equally good players waiting for their spot they must keep their place on merit.
Steve Walsh wants to consider psychotherapy to rid this club of fear and dread for certain matches, plus a captain with the ability to give underperformers a good bollocking a la Bally on the pitch.
11 Posted 11/04/2017 at 08:54:34
8 goals and 11 assists in league this year in a team that's struggling is pretty impressive (that's 4 goals and 3 assists more than Barkley) and his figures have been similar in previous 2 seasons too from a similar number of games (e.g.31/32). 11 goals and 3 assists last year, 7 goals and 10 assists the season before and this is without a Lukaku figure on the end.
The black mark is clearly the Spurs career, but he did still contribute goals and assists there, he just didn't get a decent starting run. Considering Spurs is effectively a midfielders graveyard for a lot of players, this could be argued with.
For me I think it's a no-brainer, I see him as an option to Barkley but I also think they could get in the same side if Siggy takes one of the flank positions and Gana + Schneiderlin hold in the centre. E.g...
Lukaku (fingers crossed)
Mirallas - Gana - Schneiderlin - Siggy
12 Posted 11/04/2017 at 09:12:17
With him and if Barkley stays our midfield would be complete in my eyes.
13 Posted 11/04/2017 at 09:15:59
I would like to know how many of his assists come from open play. He's a great striker of the ball but not sure he is necessarily the type to unlock a packed defence. He's not going to pick the ball up in midfield, beat a man and slip in a gorgeous reversed pass to Lukaku (or whoever our striker is next year) or is he? I only really see him on MotD but my impression is of a solid player who can pass well but not spectacularly and is very handy over dead ball so takes all their corners and free kicks.
Part of me feels that i'd rather a twinkle-toed genius in the mold of Coutinho, Ozil, Silva, Eriksen or Hazard who can compliment our counter attacking game
14 Posted 11/04/2017 at 09:23:04
15 Posted 11/04/2017 at 10:16:39
16 Posted 11/04/2017 at 10:35:02
17 Posted 11/04/2017 at 11:53:47
He went to Spurs and much like Pienaar he had to go back to his level at Swansea.
No doubt he has qualities but isn't he lacking in pace and aggression a bit.
Nice player, but not one to be spending big money on if you're trying to break the top four.
18 Posted 11/04/2017 at 12:14:24
Yes, he looks good for Swansea but that's his level; if we genuinely want to challenge the top 4 then we need better than Sigurdsson.
Now if this was the NFL and we could bring him on to take corners and free kicks... great; but this isn't the NFL and he needs to do things other than dead-ball situations.
19 Posted 11/04/2017 at 12:15:53
20 Posted 11/04/2017 at 12:18:22
Look at the Coleman situation. Can anyone really say we have decent cover for him?
Sigurdsson I believe would improve the overall quality of our squad, he would provide competition and a different option on the attacking front.
A yes from me. Unless we sign a big money superstar!
21 Posted 11/04/2017 at 12:20:38
22 Posted 11/04/2017 at 12:21:43
23 Posted 11/04/2017 at 12:26:55
24 Posted 11/04/2017 at 13:04:15
25 Posted 11/04/2017 at 13:47:33
26 Posted 11/04/2017 at 13:53:30
27 Posted 11/04/2017 at 14:20:30
Chilwell could be the next Baines, Mee of Burnley looks a good shout as well & I'd still have Friend from Boro as left-footed defenders still seem a very rare commodity.
28 Posted 11/04/2017 at 14:21:43
29 Posted 11/04/2017 at 14:26:46
He would go straight into our starting line-up:
Holgate Jagielka Williams Baines
Gana Schneiderlin Davies
With Mirallas as a super sub or start Mirallas depending on the situation/needs for the game.
Get him in!
We have been lacking a good set-piece taker this season & that is one of his many talents.
30 Posted 11/04/2017 at 14:32:23
If Ross stays, then we should be looking at strikers with lots of movement to replace Lukaku who will be gone.
31 Posted 11/04/2017 at 14:36:49
The likes of Jonathan Tah, Niklas Sule, Youri Tielemens, Mahmoud Dahoud, Max Meyer, Kasper Dolberg, Andre Silva, Kyllian Mbappe.
Obviously I'm not a scout and obviously a lot of these players will end up at richer Champions League clubs but I'd like us to at least be in the mix for them. Trying to secure the very best young players around and show the likes of Lukaku that we intend to challenge the top 4 and beyond.
32 Posted 11/04/2017 at 14:40:35
33 Posted 11/04/2017 at 14:47:33
Yeah, he lacks pace. So do Pirlo and Berbatov. So did Cantona. And Le Tissier. Hell, Koeman's own fans called him The Iceberg because he was so slow. Class is class.
Yeah, we'd rather have Hazard, but news bulletin here folks, he ain't coming.
34 Posted 11/04/2017 at 14:57:39
Sigurdsson would be the greatest thing to come out of Iceland since frozen burgers.
35 Posted 11/04/2017 at 15:10:15
A supremely talented player who has shown an alarming lack of consistency and lack of stomach for any kind of battle.
I'm talking about players who deliver consistently; he's not one of those. He's the non-impact impact player, the kind who would be brilliant if there was no opposition on the pitch.
36 Posted 11/04/2017 at 15:15:15
Time for Steve Walsh and his team to start identifying players of this quality and bringing them to EFC.
37 Posted 11/04/2017 at 15:23:19
Slimani, Perez, Jansen, Sissoko.
Zlatan & Gabbiandi seemed to have done better.
38 Posted 11/04/2017 at 15:24:13
We need to be patient; plenty of time to find the right players at the right price. They don't always need to be Premier League players hopefully, we're looking worldwide for potential players to fit our criteria.
I'm hoping this scouting philosophy is being used within Ronald's master plan just like Unsy is leading by example in the Under-23s.
39 Posted 11/04/2017 at 15:46:20
Not sure why people don't think we should be signing him. A creative midfielder who averages double digit goals, gets assists, has an eye for a pass and takes a decent free kick. That ticks quite a few boxes in my book. And he's 27 not 30-something.
As for 'who would he replace?' Well on current form pretty much any one of our attacking midfielders! Players like Schneiderlin, Gueye and Sigurdsson are exactly the level we should be aiming at.
40 Posted 11/04/2017 at 15:55:31
Some Everton fans look at Barkley and are happy with the odd flash of skill which he undoubtedly has. But what happens when you need someone to boss the big game? Barkley goes missing it's not in his game to be (or even develop into) a playmaker.
41 Posted 11/04/2017 at 16:26:39
I hope this is more than paper talk though. I think he would be a big success at Everton.
42 Posted 11/04/2017 at 16:41:36
Sigurdsson in; Barkley out it's a team game... not individuals, and the Swansea man fits the team model better than Barkley ever will!
43 Posted 11/04/2017 at 16:46:37
Many on here were salivating at the prospect of Bolasie due to what we'd all seen on the MotD highlights and in games we'd played them but many Palace fans said that they were happy with that money and that he was pretty hot and cold with not enough end product. Their assessment was perhaps closer to the truth than ours.
44 Posted 11/04/2017 at 17:06:44
Still wouldn't say no, but his actions last summer will make him more expensive than he would otherwise have been
45 Posted 11/04/2017 at 17:10:53
46 Posted 11/04/2017 at 17:24:48
I would say Gylfi would be a good signing and seems to be a quality player but equally I am happy with Schneiderlin, Davies, Gana, Mirallas, Barkley and Lukaku going forward. Taking Gylfi would be a good, intelligent addition to the squad and would soften the blow a little should we lose Barkley and/or Lukaku.
My own feeling though, is the big money in the Summer should first and foremost be going on a couple of top drawer CB's and possibly a GK and we need to get this done as quickly as possible to establish a long overdue statement of intent, not least to Lukaku and Barkley.
If we were to talk Gylfi, I would be happy for the club to offload Williams as part of the deal.
47 Posted 11/04/2017 at 17:38:16
I'd be hoping that the team next season would look something like this:
Baines Jagielka Maguire*** Coleman
with backup like this:
Funes Mori, Williams, Holgate, (New defender)*****
Barry, (New DM)*****
Mirallas, Lookman, Calvert-Lewin
* Keep Lukaku for one more season, sell in the summer of 2018 before his value plummets due to having less than a year on his contract.
** only with small transfer fee
*** I'd expect a fee of around £15million.
**** £20 million sounds an acceptable budget for a new goalkeepe.
***** Perhaps £10mil each. Possibly keep McCarthy at DM if we don't have the right man or sufficient funds.
48 Posted 11/04/2017 at 18:04:49
Chris Sutton reckons Barkley has been touched up and will be off. Assuming Lukaku goes too, we will essentially have a whole new team.
49 Posted 11/04/2017 at 18:36:58
Barkley was certainly "touched up" the other night!!
50 Posted 11/04/2017 at 18:58:26
To be fair we only finished above Swansea on goal difference last season and they finished above us the season before! Wasn't exactly a step up in terms of 'success'. However, hopefully now with European football to offer, he'll be tempted this time. Seems to be a down to earth guy with his head screwed on, like most people from Iceland.
Hope it happens - we've been crying out for a creative centre mid since Arteta left in 2011!
51 Posted 11/04/2017 at 19:05:13
If you do your research you will find that Ronald is a huge fan, as he said he always scored against Holland, and stood out a mile. I expect him to be our first summer signing!
52 Posted 11/04/2017 at 19:30:47
Deulofeu, initially was excellent when he first came back. His crosses into the box and link up play to provide Lukaku with goal scoring opportunities were top class.
Just look at the difference in Barkley's all round game since Koeman has come in and stopped blowing smoke up his arse like Martinez did. Barkley works much harder for the team, looks fitter, stronger and more intelligent as a player. If Koeman can do something similar with Deulofeu, we could have one hell of a player because he has all the attributes to be much better than the likes of Sigurdsson.
53 Posted 11/04/2017 at 19:49:57
Hopefully, this Summer window will be different and we can finally kick on. It is imperative we finish the current season very strongly though, finishing with a long overdue win at Arsenal.
Further to my last message, we also need 2 new full-backs, so basically a whole new back four! That has to be the priority.
54 Posted 11/04/2017 at 19:59:04
55 Posted 11/04/2017 at 20:05:00
56 Posted 11/04/2017 at 20:27:26
Sadly, I fear it will be in Barkley's position. My instinct tells me that Ross is going; no inside knowledge or anything, just a feeling. Sigurdsson has that bit of extra class, that is worth paying for. Now, Fabregas.
57 Posted 11/04/2017 at 20:47:16
Nobody had any idea what we would look like this season. Sigurdsson should be reassured now that we're headed in the right direction.
58 Posted 11/04/2017 at 20:55:00
Mahrez would be a hell of a signing. That would be a genuine top class signing that we've not made for donkey years.
59 Posted 11/04/2017 at 21:28:12
He certainly doesn't dominate games – but with better players around him this lad could create excellent offensive options for us. I believe Swansea want top dollar for him,, which is way to much considering other players who will be available during the summer and could better suit our philosophy.
Those who think he'll take Ross's place, don't think so- different players totally. could they play together, I believe so and be very effective with the right players around them. People saying Ross out and him in – absolute tosh!! Ross is vital to our development during the next couple of years, vital! You don't sell your best players and Ross is up there with the best, if not the best!!
60 Posted 11/04/2017 at 21:36:08
I don't see Barkley leaving but I think Lukaku is a cert to leave us. I know he has faults and plenty of critics but I feel he's going to be very difficult to replace. Without Lukaku up front we are going to be very lightweight.
We have proved this season we are good enough for 7th, but to crack the top six we have to really push the boat out in the transfer market this summer.
61 Posted 11/04/2017 at 21:57:10
Much better player when playing with a decent powerful striker. Had a fantastic relationship with Bony in the short spell they had together which got Bony his big move. Would love to see him alongside Barkley & Lukaku. There's no such thing as too many good players and just the kind of player we should be in for.
I'd take Rooney, Schneiderlin, Bolasie & Sigurdsson over Cleverley, McGeady, Niasse and Kone every day of the week. Who wouldn't???
Central midfield is strong. Trippier, Bertrand and Van Djik at the back, new goalie (not sure who) and Champions League here we come. If only it were that simple, hey.
62 Posted 11/04/2017 at 23:15:29
63 Posted 11/04/2017 at 23:30:15
I have only seen him in edited highlights but he is a class act. We can use him and Barkley in the same side and in any event we would struggle creatively if Barkley got injured.
Exactly the sort of signing we can and should make.
64 Posted 11/04/2017 at 23:57:59
65 Posted 12/04/2017 at 02:24:41
Say what you want about potential skills, Sigurdsson has proven that he can produce whatever his "skill level," while Ross has proven that he is inconsistent and little else. Keep Ross if you want to but get this player.
Mike Gaynes, Hope they are looking after you okay over there. Don't let them take you to any of Ross's hangouts, seems it could be dangerous.
66 Posted 12/04/2017 at 12:19:40
67 Posted 12/04/2017 at 15:10:44
68 Posted 12/04/2017 at 15:58:37
People commented when Schneiderlin was signed that we now had too many defensive midfielders, but when he was injured the first team looked short of quality in the middle. If Barkley gets injured there is no like for like option currently available.
Sigurdssson isn't the only option, but for those saying that £20 mil is too much its time to wake up. To break into the top 6 is hard enough let alone top 4, it wont happen by signing a bunch of "cheap" players. Quality costs and its quality we need.
Of course there is the potential that Walsh will dig up a gem, some little known player that costs comparatively little and goes on to be a star, but realistically it's going to take hard cash to build a squad capable of getting further up the table.
69 Posted 12/04/2017 at 16:42:58
Spend it cautiously, that's all.
70 Posted 12/04/2017 at 16:50:27
I agree with you, money should still be spent wisely
71 Posted 12/04/2017 at 17:23:07
If we could get him signed, I don't really see any big problems (except to ego's...). Unless Leicester win the Champions League, and the Manure win the Europa League at the same time, we'll need a much bigger squad next year!
So don't think like a Small Team any more, think for the Big Future!
72 Posted 12/04/2017 at 17:44:39
73 Posted 12/04/2017 at 20:41:47
74 Posted 12/04/2017 at 20:52:26
IMO Barkley is off in the summer to Spurs. We should ask Spurs for Eriksen as he will be their odd man out if they sign Biffa Barkley. If we ask for Sissoko, then god help us.
75 Posted 12/04/2017 at 21:44:28
76 Posted 13/04/2017 at 04:47:47
77 Posted 13/04/2017 at 07:16:20
78 Posted 13/04/2017 at 09:17:41
79 Posted 13/04/2017 at 11:14:44
80 Posted 13/04/2017 at 12:36:17
Joel has done a good job since coming in, but I am not sure if he has it in him to become a top class 'keeper. He has let a few soft ones in recently, not really clangers but "could have done better" ones. His distribution is poor.
81 Posted 13/04/2017 at 23:28:29
Before that I thought he was the best young keeper around.
82 Posted 14/04/2017 at 15:50:46
83 Posted 14/04/2017 at 15:55:01
84 Posted 14/04/2017 at 16:41:09
He is running a Retirement Home in the role of Inmate/Manager! 😅
85 Posted 20/04/2017 at 23:05:37
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