Newcastle transfer blow: PL manager makes playmaker admission
By Dominic Toner
Swansea manager Paul Clement has revealed he has had no conversations with midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson about leaving the Premier League club.
The Sun claim that Newcastle are eyeing a summer move for the 27-year-old and are planning on making him their marquee signing if they return to the Premier League.
The report details that Rafael Benitez wants owner Mike Ashley to stump up £15million for the playmaker, who has been the standout player at the Liberty Stadium this season.
However, Swansea boss Clement has explained that Sigurdsson remains fully focused despite reported interest of a summer m0ve.
“I have had no conversation with him at all about anything else, about going elsewhere or playing elsewhere,” Clement said, as quoted by BBC Sport. “Everything has been about training hard and doing the best he can at Swansea.”
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Benitez will be keen to bolster his squad if the Magpies are promoted from the Championship this season and Iceland international Sigurdsson has been identified as a potential summer target.
The attacking midfielder is currently battling relegation with the Swans, but is still regarded as one of the most creative players in the top flight.
He has made 31 appearances this season across all competitions, scoring nine goals and supplying 11 assists.
Sigurdsson will turn his attention to an important game at the weekend as they face Middlesbrough in the Premier League, while Newcastle host Wigan.
In other Newcastle transfer news, they are in a battle to fend off a Premier League side to tie down a defender deal.