Everton are ready to make a £25m bid for Swansea and Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.
The Daily Telegraph reports that the Toffees are on the brink of testing Swansea’s resolve with a big money bid following Steve Walsh’s arrival as director of football.
Sigurdsson was reportedly a target of Walsh when he was at Leicester while new Everton manager Ronald Koeman was also keen on the former Tottenham man when the Dutchman was in charge of Southampton.
The 26-year-old enjoyed a successful season at Swansea, scoring 11 goals, before playing a key role in Iceland’s remarkable run to the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.
Everton have been quiet in the transfer window so far but the arrival of Walsh to complete the club’s new look management team should see things accelerate.
Swansea will be reluctant to sell Sigurdsson having already lost the midfielder to Tottenham four years ago only to buy him back two seasons later.
However, the reported fee of £25m would be tough to turn down even in this hugely inflated transfer market.
The Telegraph journalist who broke the story is their Midlands reporter John Percy, who also broke the news of Walsh’s move to Everton.
Reading between the lines it seems Percy has links with Walsh, meaning this rumour may have some legs.
It has been a frustrating summer for the supporters so far when it comes to new signings, with Maarten Stekelenberg the only new face.
However, the appointment of first Koeman and now Walsh have put some vital building blocks in place.
Finally we may see some solid transfer activity splutter into life in the next few weeks.