David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images
Done Deal

Swansea agree club record deal to sign Gylfi Sigurdsson

It’s an excellent piece of business by the Welsh club, as they tie down the player they signed on loan from Hoffenheim in January.

SWANSEA CITY HAVE agreed a club-record 6.8 million pound fee for Hoffenheim midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.

And the Welsh Premier League club have also denied claims that Liverpool have contacted them again over permission to speak with Brendan Rodgers for the managerial vacancy at Anfield.

Sigurdsson, an Iceland international, joined the Swans on loan in January, after struggling to nail down a first-team berth in Germany.

He proved to be a huge success, scoring seven goals in 19 appearances as the club finished 11th.

Swansea have moved quickly to ensure that deal became permanent, making the 22-year-old their first signing of the off-season.

Sigurdsson began his senior career at Reading, where Rodgers previously spent an ill-fated spell in charge, making 38 league appearances in his first season but just four in his second.

This led to a move to the Bundesliga with Hoffenheim where he again was a key man in his debut year but fell down the pecking order before being loaned out to Swansea.

The Icelandic attacker has seven caps for his national side and scored his first international goal during a Euro 2012 qualifier against Portugal in 2011.

His transfer fee almost doubles the previous club record of 3.5m pounds paid to Watford for striker Danny Graham last July.

Meanwhile, Rodgers, 39, has been touted to replace Kenny Dalglish after the Scot was sacked earlier this month.

A statement on the club’s official website said: “We would like to clarify the speculation in the press surrounding our manager Brendan Rodgers.

“We would like to confirm that there has been no contact from Liverpool and nothing has changed since our previous statement on the issue.”

Rodgers has already turned down the chance to talk to Liverpool.

An earlier statement from the Welsh club read: “Swansea City can confirm that an approach from Liverpool FC to speak to manager Brendan Rodgers was officially received by club chairman Huw Jenkins this morning.

“The club is pleased to confirm that Brendan has declined the current opportunity to speak to the Anfield club about the vacant position.”

This is the Ireland squad to face Italy next month >

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.