Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Spurs seal Sigurdsson signing

Gylfi Sigurdsson had a spell on loan at Swansea last season but has joined Spurs

Andre Villas-Boas has made Gylfi Sigurdsson his first signing as Tottenham head coach.

The former Chelsea boss was only appointed as Harry Redknapp's successor on Tuesday, but has moved quickly to bring the Hoffenheim midfielder to White Hart Lane. The move secures Sigurdsson's return to the Barclays Premier League, where he impressed so much during the second half of last season on loan at Swansea.

The 22-year-old netted seven times in 19 appearances for the Welsh side and picked up March's Player of the Month award.

Sigurdsson had looked to turn his successful loan spell into a permanent move after Swansea settled on a record-breaking £6.8million fee with Hoffenheim.

The Swans also announced that personal terms had been agreed, but manager Brendan Rodgers' move to Liverpool saw the move falter.

Sigurdsson had been linked with a move to the Reds to rejoin his former manager, but Spurs have swooped to compete the signing of the in-demand midfielder.

The Iceland international originally moved to England in October 2005 when he joined Reading's academy. Sigurdsson spent loan spells at Shrewsbury and Crewe as he looked to establish himself in the Royals' first-team, where he became a key player in the 2009/10 season.

The midfielder won the club's Player of the Year award in what was his only full season for the Berkshire outfit, who sold him to Hoffenheim for a reported £6.5million fee at the start of the following campaign.

The midfielder enjoyed a good start to life at the Rhein-Neckar Arena, but fell down the pecking order and was farmed out on loan to Swansea in January. That move seems to have been the making of a player that many now believe has the ability to replace Luka Modric in the heart of Spurs' midfield.

The Croatia international has long been linked with a move away from the club and made his frustrations clear last summer when he was denied a move to Chelsea. Manchester United and Real Madrid have both been linked with a move for Modric this summer and could yet tempt Tottenham's resolve with big-money offers.