By Noel Whelan

9th Sep, 2020 | 7:55pm

Exclusive: Everton tipped to sell star player after Athletic reveal

Noel Whelan has suggested that Gylfi Sigurdsson may be surplus to requirements at Everton this summer after the signings of James Rodriguez, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Allan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that Sigurdsson, 31, has failed to meet expectations at Goodison Park since he arrived Swansea.

The attacking midfielder signed for a club-record £45million fee in 2017 and his 112 appearances across all competitions have yielded 23 goals and 15 assists.

Sigurdsson still has two years remaining on his contract with the Toffees but the arrival of three midfielders this month has cast doubt over his future under Carlo Ancelotti.

The Athletic report that MLS side D.C. United have held talks with the Iceland international over a potential transfer.

When asked by Football Insider if he expected the former Spurs midfielder to exit the Premier League in the next four weeks, Whelan said:

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“Sigurdsson has not really done that great at Everton.

“Ancelotti will probably have a bit more patience with a younger lad like Davies. He has come through the ranks there as well.

“I think he has seen enough from the midfield players in the last 10 months or so and he knew that he needed better players. Ancelotti was always figuring it out.

“When he came in it was about finding out what he has to work with, what characters he has. He found out a lot in that time and he realised that he needed more quality and players that he can trust.”

The Toffees yesterday confirmed the signing of French midfielder Doucoure from Watford but Sigurdsson’s place at Goodison Park is perhaps most threatened by the arrival of Rodriguez.

The Colombia international operates primarily as an attacking midfielder and penned a two-year deal with Ancelotti’s side on Monday.

In other Everton news, Darren Bent has told Football Insider that Carlo Ancelotti should bin two big-name players.