Everton on alert as reported long-term PL target confirms he is ready for summer move
By Danny Wright
Everton have been given a boost after long-term target Gylfi Sigurdsson has admitted he is open to a move away from Swansea in the near future.
The Liverpool Echo reported that the Toffees are once again eyeing up the Icelandic international after they saw a £28million bid rejected by Swansea last summer.
Sigurdsson, who has been at the struggling Welsh club since 2014, has been in scintillating form this season and has notched nine goals and 11 assists in 31 appearances across all competitions.
As well as saying he would consider a move away from the Liberty Stadium, the Premier League star midfielder has revealed that he is enjoying the pressure of playing for a team that is struggling for top-flight survival..
“Hopefully if I continue doing well for Swansea and Iceland then in the near future, I can play at a big club. I am enjoying being one of the senior players, though,” said Sigurdsson in an interview with Goal.
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“We may be in a tough spot, but I am kind of enjoying the pressure of that. I am trying to make the most of that and help the team to get three points every week.”
Everton may have to be on the lookout for a new attacking midfielder in the summer as, according to the London Evening Standard, Ross Barkley is willing to make a move to London after intense interest from Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Ronald Koeman has got the best out of the 23-year-old during the current campaign which has not only earned him the flattering attention from some of the Premier League’s elite, but he’s also helped Everton threaten to break into the top six.
Football Insider Verdict
Sigurdsson is exactly the type of player Everton need to invest in if Barkley moves on in the summer. He didn’t exactly set the world alight in his miserable two year stay at White Hart Lane, so that could force some of the league’s biggest clubs to avoid him. The ‘Ice-man’ has been an integral part of the Swansea side for a number of seasons now and he has crafted himself into a true club icon. A move to Everton would certainly be a step in the right direction and it’s likely that it won’t leave a sour taste in the mouths of the Swans faithful as he has earned the right to play European football.
In other Everton news, this winger has confirmed that he sees his future progressing away from Goodison Park.