Everton agree deal for Swansea City attacker


Premier League club Everton are reported to have finalised an agreement to sign Swansea City playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson this summer.

The Iceland international played a pivotal role in the Swans' attack last term, contributing nine goals and 13 assists en route to their 15th place finish.

Toffees boss Ronald Koeman has already shown his intent to propel the club into the Champions League places after having recruited six players including Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford and Wayne Rooney - who have earned respect at their former clubs.

According to The Express, the Merseyside outfit have finally negotiated a fee for Sigurdsson following weeks of negotiations with Swansea City. The Swans were initially holding out for a sum of around £50m, but they have now compromised to accept an initial £40m plus add-ons rising to £45m.

Losing a player of Sigurdsson would no doubt weaken the Swans' creative force as he had contributed to 57 percent of their goals and assists last term. Nevertheless, Paul Clement's side are willing to accept the package which could be utilised to add a couple of quality recruits during the summer transfer window.

Everton have significantly bolstered key positions in their squad, but there is still the need for a playmaker, which could be fulfilled with the signing of Sigurdsson. Ross Barkley has taken up the number 10 position at Goodison Park in recent seasons, but his reluctance to sign a new contract has urged the club to consider his sale.

The Toffees are due to make their first competitive appearance of the season later this week when they take on Slovakian club Ružomberok in the Europa League, third qualifying round, but Sigurdsson may have to wait longer for his transfer with Swansea just returning from their pre-season tour of the United States - which he was omitted from.