Tottenham Hotspur complete deal for Sigurdsson

By Alex Byrom
Deputy Football Editor



Sigurdsson impressed in the Premier League last season during a loan spell at Swansea City


Tottenham have completed the signing of Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, who had a spell on loan at Swansea last season.

The 22-year-old has joined Spurs on a four year deal, in a deal thought to be in the region of £8 million, beating Liverpool for his signiture. 

Sigurdsson was linked with a move to join former Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool.

He scored seven times in 19 games on loan under Rodgers at Swansea, and it was thought he would join the Welsh club on a permenant basis, but the move collapsed when Rodgers joined the Anfield club.

Iceland manager Lars Lagerback told BBC World Service that Spurs had brought in a player with many attributes: “He's a fantastic team player. He reads the game very well and I don't think you would find too many better link players," he told the World Football programme.

Michael Laudrup, who succeeded Rodgers at Swansea, conceded defeat last month in his efforts to resurrect a deal.

The move to Tottenham comes as speculation continues over the future of Spurs midfielder Luka Modric, who has been linked with a transfer to Manchester United or Real Madrid.

“He's not a physical player or the best tackler. He is very fit - I've met si and you shouldn't underestimate him when it comes to the defensive part of the game reads the game so well, and he understands the game,” the Iceland boss added.

Sigurdsson originally moved to England in October 2005 when he joined Reading's academy.

He spent loan spells at Shrewsbury and Crewe before securing a regular place in the first team in the 2009-10 season when Rodgers managed the Royals.

Sigurdsson won the player of the year award in his first full season at Reading, before being sold to Hoffenheim for a reported £6.5 million fee at the start of the following campaign.

He joined Swansea on loan in January and won the Premier League player of the month award for March.

Click here to see Sigurdsson score for Swansea against his new club Tottenham


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