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Toffees break bank to sign Sigurdsson

 

By Phil Medlicott

Everton received a huge boost ahead of tonight's Europa League showdown with Hajduk Split following the club-record signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea, for a fee believed to be around £45million.

Though the 27-year-old Iceland midfielder - who has put pen to paper on a five-year contract - will not feature this evening, he believes he can make a big contribution to the Toffees' season.

"Hopefully I will continue to create goals and score goals for the team and contribute to the kind of success we're seeking at the club," Sigurdsson said.

"This is an ambitious club and it is clear we are moving in a really good direction. The most important thing is that this team keeps winning games and climbing the table - and does that throughout the season."

Sigurdsson said the prospect of working with Everton boss Ronald Koeman was one of the main reasons for switching to Goodison Park.

"He was a great player, one of the top players of his time," Sigurdsson added.

"Now he is a really good manager and his vision for Everton is clear. He has built up a really good squad here, with strong players, both young and experienced.

"This was a key factor for me. Ultimately, that is a dream of mine and everyone at this club. I know the supporters and players would agree with that."

Sigurdsson began his professional career in England with Reading and joined German side Hoffenheim in 2010.

He moved on loan to Swansea at the start of 2012 and joined Tottenham in a £6.8million deal six months later, before returning to Swansea in 2014.

Sigurdsson, Swansea's player of the year for the past two seasons, has made 50 appearances for Iceland and played a key role in their run to the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.

His proposed move has dragged on for much of the summer, with Swansea initially valuing their star man at £50million.

Finally securing him, at a lower price, takes Everton's spending since the end of last season to more than £130million. Sigurdsson follows Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez as another multi-million-pound acquisition, while the club also secured the free transfer of Wayne Rooney.

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