Everton and West Ham set to lose out in pursuit of £25m-rated PL playmaker - report
By Will Butcher
Gylfi Sigurdsson is ready to turn down interest from Everton and West Ham to boost Swansea in their relegation dogfight, according to a report.
The Mirror claims the £25million-rated attacking midfielder is to remain in Wales, as he wants to help new head coach Paul Clement battle to keep Swansea in the Premier League.
Despite signing a new four-year deal in the summer, the former Tottenham star was touted to leave the Liberty Stadium this month in order to avoid relegation from the top flight.
The 27-year-old has been in wonderful form this season despite his side’s slump, and he remains the Swans’ top scorer with six goals as well as providing the same amount in assists.
Ronald Koeman’s Toffees were keen to add Sigurdsson to their squad as Ross Barkley fails to form any kind of consistent form at Goodison Park.
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L’Equipe claim that West Ham have agreed a deal in principle to sell Dimitri Payet to Marseille, and Sigurdsson may have been identified as the man to replace the France international.
But Swansea’s number 23 is now set to remain at the Liberty Stadium, as new manager Clement looks to steer his side away from the top-flight drop zone.
Football Insider verdict:
Sigurdsson’s decision to remain at Swansea will delight Welsh fans, as he remains absolutely vital in keeping his side in the top flight. Able to score from anywhere in the final third as well as possessing a deadly ability from set pieces, Swansea’s number 23 can turn the direction of a game on its head. Playing with better, in-form players, Sigurdsson would have benefited both West Ham or Everton as both sides remain keen to bolster their side in the January transfer market. However, the Iceland international’s loyalty to Swansea at least until the summer will be a huge boost to the relegation candidates as they look to secure three points against Liverpool on Saturday.
In other Everton transfer news, Koeman is serious about signing this £47million-rated defender.