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Koeman confirms Everton interest in Sigurdsson

Toffees boss coy on prospect of a further bid

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Ronald Koeman has confirmed Everton’s interest in Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson - but won’t say whether the club will make another bid.

The Toffees have already had two bids of £40m and £45m rejected by the Swans, who value the midfielder at £50m.

Sigurdsson is reportedly keen on a move to Goodison Park and was left out of the squad for Swansea’s pre-season US tour earlier this month, saying he was not in the “right frame of mind” to travel given the uncertainty over his future.

With Swansea now back in South Wales Sigurdsson has resumed first-team training. However, it is not yet certain whether he will feature in Saturday’s pre-season friendly against Birmingham.

The Iceland midfielder only signed a new contract last summer so Swansea are in a strong bargaining position and well within their rights to fight to keep him.

Koeman is always reluctant to talk about potential transfers and initially refused to name any targets when quizzed in his pre-Ružomberok press conference.

But when pushed on Sigurdsson, the Dutchman said:

“Of course we have interest in the player.”

But when asked whether a third bid was on the offing Koeman added:

“Will we go back? I don’t know.”

Clear as mud.

There was plenty of rumour on social media regarding a third offer in the region of £47m but nothing concrete has emerged as of yet.

Sigurdsson still looks likely to end up at Goodison Park it is just a matter of how much he will cost.

And given Swansea’s resistance so far, it’s likely to be very close to that £50m asking price.