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Sigurdsson is a crucial part of Swans' vision for future: Bradley

By Andrew Baldock

Swansea manager Bob Bradley has described star midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson as "a vital part" of the Welsh club's set-up as the January transfer window looms.

The Iceland playmaker is in his second spell with the Swans, and such is the 27-year-old's imperious form that Bradley knows others will be looking at him.

Sigurdsson's market value is likely to be £20m or more, but Bradley has underlined his importance ahead of tonight's Premier League clash against West Brom at The Hawthorns.

"Gylfi has been terrific for us," Bradley said. "I am sure there are many clubs taking notice. But we consider him important as we move forward.

"We are confident he is still going to be a part of our team as we get into the second half of the season and beyond. For us not to only improve week to week, but have a little bit of a longer-term vision of how we can improve and how we can move ourselves forward, a player like Gylfi is a vital part of that vision."

Swansea are likely to be active in the January window, and Bradley admitted that Tottenham's England Under-21 international Tom Carroll - a former Liberty Stadium loan player - had been discussed.

He said: "Tom is a player everyone here knows, and he is a player that has been discussed. Tom is tactically sharp and he is a good passer."

Swansea remain in the relegation zone, but a 3-0 victory over Sunderland has boosted hopes. Bradley added: "Building on a good game and turning it into another good effort, trying to put a run together, these are important parts of growing as a team."

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