Exclusive: Bent implores Everton to cash-in on senior player for 'A lot of money' in January
Darren Bent implored Everton to cash in on midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson in the January transfer window.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-England international admitted the Toffees were unlikely to recoup what they paid for the playmaker but they’d still get a lot of money for him.
Bent explained that while Sigurdsson has a lot of quality, he’s not been delivering the goods for the Toffees as he’s not pulling the strings for the team week-in-week out.
The ex-striker also added that he thought Sigurdsson wasn’t the only player at risk of being sold by Ancelotti as he stated that the manager wouldn’t hesitate to transfer list players.
When asked about Ancelotti wanting to sell Sigurdsson, Bent told Football Insider: “Ancelotti has a proven pedigree, he’s won some of the biggest trophies in the world, so he knows what he’s doing.
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“He understands what’s required, and if he doesn’t think they’re good enough or are pulling their weight, he will put them on the transfer list.
“I think Sigurdsson has got a lot of quality but’s not been doing it for Everton, and with his quality week-in-week out he should be pulling the strings for Everton and making sure he’s one of their main players and someone they can’t afford to drop.
“And he’s not been that, he’s struggled and Everton have struggled.
“So if they can go recoup some of the money they paid for him, even if it’s not what they paid, they’d still get a lot of money, listen, it’s something!”
Sigurdsson has played 23 times across all competitions for the Toffees this season, racking up one assist as well as scoring two goals.
The Icelandic playmaker was signed from Swansea City for the Toffees in August 2017, with them believed to have agreed on a deal worth in the region of £45million for him.
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