Gylfi Sigurdsson, the Tottenham and Iceland midfield player could be off to Crystal Palace as Spurs look to reduce the size of their squad ahead of the new season.
A retweet from the Daily Mirror journalist, Ed Malyon, suggests that Tottenham have accepted an offer from Crystal Palace for midfield player, Gylfi Sigurdsson. The story originated in a Palace fanzine and blog, Five Year Plan. The deal is thought to be worth £8m as reported by the Daily Mail.
Sigurdsson has been reported previously to be included in discussions regarding the deal Tottenham have been trying to negotiate with Swansea for full-back Ben Davies.
Tottenham are well-covered in midfield and with this latest report it would appear that Sigurdsson is one of the players Spurs and Mauricio Pochettino would be prepared to sell.
Gylfi Sigurdsson at the Lane
Gylfi Sigurdsson arrived at Tottenham two years ago with his signing announced shortly after the appointment of Andre Villas-Boas. In his two seasons at Spurs, he never found a regular starting place in the team and was often played out of position. In his first season, he acted as cover on the left if Gareth Bale was out and in the past season he used in a number of different roles in midfield.
The one attribute that Sigurdsson brought to the team was his ability to strike the ball on goal. In his two years he scored a number of outstanding goals from positions around the edge of the penalty. He scored 13 goals in 85 appearances in all competitions for Spurs.
There was an equaliser against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in May, 2013 and he scored twice against Norwich at the start of last season. The first came when he burst into the area to beat the goalkeeper. He scored a similar goal to put Spurs ahead against Chelsea and followed it with a great goal against Hull City in the Capital One Cup tie. He also scored with a late strike from the edge of the area against Southampton as Spurs grabbed victory having been two goals down.
Sigurdsson was an essential player for Iceland, scoring vital goals in their World Cup campaign when they reached the play-offs but lost out to Croatia.
Commenting on the possible deal for Palace, Malyon tweeted,
Assuming Palace don’t get gazumped, Gylfi Sigurdsson is a good signing. Set pieces, goals from midfield and an upgrade in quality.
Gylfi Sigurdsson was signed from 1899 Hoffenheim after excelling in a loan period at Swansea from January, 2012 to the end of the season. Memories of his successful period in Wales, have encouraged Swansea to seek his return as part of any deal for Ben Davies.
Crystal Palace, however, may have stolen a march on Swansea, if Spurs have accepted their £8m offer. The completion of the transfer will now depend on whether Sigurdsson can agree a deal with Palace.