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Everton boss says deal is 'close' for Sigurdsson


Everton boss says deal is 'close' for Sigurdsson

Ronald Koeman says Everton are getting closer to completing a deal for Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.

The Toffees' chase for the Icelander has taken several twists and turns over the course of the summer, and despite denying that the saga has had an impact on the Swans' preparations for the new season, boss Paul Clement is keen bring the saga to an end as soon as possible.

Sigurdsson sat out of the club's pre-season tour of the United States earlier in the summer and was also not involved in the UK-based contests with Birmingham City and Sampdoria.

The Swansea board is determined to stick to their valuation of £50million - a price tag that has sparked plenty of debate over the last few weeks.

However, Everton are clearly undeterred and have refused to give up their pursuit of the 27-year-old, with Koeman still confident that a deal will be done before the close of the window, along with moves for several others.

Speaking after Everton's 2-2 draw with Sevilla on Saturday afternoon, Koeman said: "Everybody knows we are looking for three more players.

"A left centre-back, left-back who can play in both positions, a winger and a striker.

"That is the picture and what is best for our team.

"The transfer window closes at the end of the month and we have time."

Speaking specifically about Sigurdsson, who despite his hefty price tag is seen as a potentially key component to Koeman's push towards the Champions League this season, the Dutchman added: "It is close but we have to wait. The deal isn’t done."

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