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Everton may face competition from Leicester City in Gylfi Sigurdsson transfer pursuit

Leicester City are said to be rivalling Everton for the Swansea City star

Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images

Everton are facing competition from Leicester City for Gylfi Sigurdsson this summer, according to the Daily Mail. The Iceland midfielder was in superb form for Swansea City last season, scoring ten goals and registering 13 assists in all competitions as he almost singlehandedly helped the Swans avoid relegation from the Premier League.

His form sparked serious interest in his services, with rumours that several clubs towards the top of the division were keen on him. One of those linked have been Everton, who are desperate to add a creative midfielder of Sigurdsson’s ilk to Ronald Koeman’s team this summer.

So their interest has not gone beyond the rumour stage, despite the Dutchman having faced questions on the player for several months.

Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

Now, they may end up in a fight for his signature with the Daily Mail reporting that Leicester City are also keen on the Iceland star’s signature this summer.

The Foxes mounted a dreadful title defence last season and with Riyad Mahrez seemingly on his way out, Sigurdsson is likely seen as an ideal replacement for the Algerian.

They could end up stealing a march on Everton for him, with reports saying that the Blues are waiting to sell James McCarthy to use the funds to move for Sigurdsson.

That would come as something of a shock for the Toffees faithful, though, given the suggestion has been enough funds would be available to Koeman and Steve Walsh this summer regardless of player sales thanks to new owner Farhad Moshiri.