27 year old playmaker Gyfli Sigurdsson, who left the club in 2014, could be set for a return to Tottenham according to reports from a wide number of English newspapers.
The Icelandic midfielder left North London for the Welsh side Swansea three years ago following a frustrating two years at Tottenham, where he scored just 13 goals and assisted only 9 times. For the Swans however, since his return to Wales he’s managed 30 goals and 26 assists. This form saw him linked with moves to Everton and West Ham in January and now speculation has begun about his future once more with a renewed interest from Tottenham.
According to an article by the Standard, Sigurdsson, who picked up three awards at Swansea’s end of the season awards ceremony, would cost Spurs roughly £25 million. Pochettino even revealed he was disappointed by the Icelandic international’s departure from the club. He said in December:
“I think he was a perfect player for us. But, in that moment, it was the club’s decision and his decision to move to Swansea to find another way.”
Rumour also has it that Tottenham are eyeing up this move as an alternative to Ross Barkley who could cost Spurs up to double the price of Sigurdsson. At just 23, Barkley would be a sensible purchase and is still in high regard by the senior management at Spurs, but Everton’s refusal to drop the price down from £50 million could deter Tottenham from making a move.
Swansea manager Paul Clement has had his say on the matter and he thinks it’d be wiser for Sigurdsson to stay in Wales. He said:
“He was here on loan and then he went to Tottenham, which was set to be the next step in his career. It didn’t work out, he came back here and has done really well.”
“He is going to have that in his mind, If he is going to make the next step it has to be a positive one.”
“He cannot have another situation like he had at Tottenham, where he potentially goes somewhere and is in and out of the side, and does not gather any momentum. Otherwise he is better staying here, being a key player and building something around moving this club forward.”
What would you rather? Sigurdsson for £25 million, or Barkley for £50 million?
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