Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson has decided to stay at Swansea City and help them beat the drop. The Swans icon was widely linked with a move away from Wales in the January transfer window as Paul Clement’s side have looked to be headed for relegation, but has said he would like to help the club fight for survival.
Everton and West Ham United have been previously linked with a £25m move for the playmaker. The Blues specifically have targeted that position as one for improvement following an inconsistent season so far from Ross Barkley. Both Director of Football Steve Walsh and manager Ronald Koeman are said to be admirers of the player.
For the Hammers, the saga of Dimitri Payet has resulted in the London club looking for reinforcements in that area as well.
The 27-year-old Sigurdsson is a fan favorite at Swansea and scored eleven goals last season to be named their Player of the Year. He has six goals so far this term, including a penalty that secured a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park. The midfielder signed a new four-year contract at the beginning of this season.
Manager Clement said last week -
“I want to keep Gylfi here, we’re in a situation where we want to win games and to have a chance to do that at this level you’ve got to keep your best players.”
In addition, the Swans have already signed three players during the January transfer window as they look to bolster their side - full-back Martin Olsson from Norwich City, midfielder Tom Carroll from Tottenham Hotspur and winger Luciano Narsingh from PSV Eindhoven.
This is certainly a blow to the Toffees as Sigurdsson was a proven commodity in the Premier League with his setpiece ability and nose for goal.