Swansea set to offer Euros star new bumper deal to fend off Everton interest - report
By Dominic Toner
Swansea are keen on holding on to talisman Gylfi Sigurdsson and will offer him a new contract, according to a report.
Former Tottenham midfielder Sigurdsson is currently contracted to the Swans until 2018, but Premier League rivals Everton are lining up a £25million bid.
Wales Online report that new majority shareholders, Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien, are eager for the club to offer the Icelandic midfielder a new contract to convince him to stay at the Liberty Stadium.
Sigurdsson started every game for the Iceland team which upset the odds to reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 in their first major tournament.
The attacking midfielder grabbed 11 goals in the Premier League last season, with nine of those coming since the turn of the year.
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Everton recently appointed former Leicester assistant manager Steve Walsh as the Merseysiders’ new Director of Football and he may have played an immediate role in their pursuit of Sigurdsson. His former employers were previously linked with a move for the international star.
Another target, Kasper Schmeichel, is now unlikely to move to Goodison Park this summer, after Everton and Leicester reached an agreement where the Toffees will not sign any players from the Premier League champions for a specific period of time.
New Everton manager Ronald Koemen seems intent on landing a new midfielder in this window, but appears to be losing the battle to sign Manchester United’s Juan Mata.
In other Everton transfer news, European giants Galatasaray are eyeing up a move for their £13.5million flop.