Sunday 25 August 2019

Sigurdsson completes his £45m switch to Toffees

Gylfi Sigurdsson. Photo: PA
Gylfi Sigurdsson. Photo: PA

Everton have completed the club-record signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea, for a fee believed to be around £45million.

The 27-year-old Iceland midfielder has put pen to paper on a five-year contract and becomes the Toffees' eighth summer arrival.

"Hopefully I will continue to create goals and score goals for the team and contribute to the kind of success we're seeking at the club," Sigurdsson said.

"This is an ambitious club and it is clear we are moving in a really good direction. The most important thing is that this team keeps winning games and climbing the table - and does that throughout the season."

Sigurdsson's switch had dragged on for most of the summer with Swansea initially valuing their star man at £50million.

But Everton finally secured their number one target to take their summer spending to over £140million.

"We worked a long time to get this deal in, he was one of the key players to bring in," said manager Ronald Koeman. "We need players who will bring productivity to the team.

"We lost Romelu Lukaku and we lost 25 goals, we need more players than one to get that number of goals. He is that type of player with that productivity.

"He knows the Premier League, he had a good season at Swansea and in his position he is one of the best in the Premier League."

Koeman has previously brought in Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen, Cuco Martina, Jordan Pickford, Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney this summer as Everton look to improve on last season's seventh-placed finish.

Meanwhile, Everton striker Sandro Ramirez is a doubt for tonight's clash with Croatian side Split at Goodison Park.

Sandro sustained a heel injury in the 1-0 Premier League win over Stoke on Saturday and will be assessed ahead of the clash with the Croatian outfit. Ross Barkley remains unavailable having suffered an apparent hamstring injury, while the same applies to fellow midfielder James McCarthy.

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