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Gylfi Sigurðsson 18

It took over a year from the first reported bid to the moment when he signed a five-year contract to seal a £40m-plus transfer from Swansea City but Gylfi Sigurdsson finally became an Everton player in mid-August, 2017.

It said a lot about the midfielder and the role that he was expected to play at Goodison Park that Steve Walsh and Ronald Koeman were so patient and so persistent in pursuing him, to the point that they allowed the saga to drag past the start of the both the Europa and Premier League campaigns in order to get a key transfer target.

Not only that, Farhad Moshiri and the Everton Board were content to sanction a club-record fee to sign Sigurdsson, smashing the previous record that the deals for Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane of just a couple of months earlier would likely have ended up setting had they not been surpassed so soon.

Koeman admitted after the Icelandic star signed a five-year contract that he was an important signing for the club and his record in South Wales where he had become an indispensible member of Swansea's team backed that up.

Fernando Llorente may have scored a clutch of vital goals towards the end of a campaign that had looked under Bob Bradley as though it was destined for disaster, but Sigurdsson was his key provider. Including the nine he scored himself, the midfielder was involved in 52% of the Swans’s goals in 2016-17.

Although he started his career at Reading – curiously enough, he had a trial with Everton as a child and even joined one of the Blues' youth teams on a German tour – and had loan spells at Crewe and Shrewsbury, Sigurdsson was signed by then Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas from German club Hoffenheim for £8.8m in 2012 after he had impressed on loan at Swansea.

He would spend two seasons at White Hart Lane without ever being able to hit the heights that his more recent form back at Swansea suggests he should have. He made 58 Premier League appearances for Spurs and scored eight times but eventually returned to South Wales in a permanent deal in 2014 that saw Ben Davies go the other way.

His increasingly impressive performances over two years at Swansea attracted the attention of Ronald Koeman who tried to make him one of his marquee signings after becoming Everton manager in the summer of 2016. A reported £25m bid was turned down and Sigurdsson ended up signing a new contract at the Liberty Stadium instead.

Koeman and director of football Steve Walsh returned the following year, however, determined to acquire one of their top targets and after weeks of wrangling by the two clubs over the final fee, a £40m deal with £2.5m in appearance-related add-ons was finally struck.

Having avoided most of Swansea's pre-season while the two clubs haggled, Sigurdsson had to wait for his full debut after coming on as a substitute in a 1-1 draw with Manchester City on 21 August. His first start came three days later in a difficult Europa League game in Split where he signed on with an unbelievable 50-yard wonder goal just 13 seconds into the second half that helped secure the Blues' passage to the group stages of the competition.


Squad number 18
Position Attacking midfield
Nationality Iceland
Born Rejkyavik
Date of birth 8 September 1989
Height 6' 1" (1.86 m)
Joined 16 August 2017
Joined from Swansea City
Signed by Ronald Koeman
Transfer fee £40m (^ £42.5m)
Contract duration 5 years
Contract expires June 2022
Debut (sub) v Manchester City (A)
21 August 2017
Full debut v Hajduk Split (A)
24 August 2017
Previous Clubs Reading
Crewe Alexandra
Tottenham Hotpsur
Swansea City
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Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2017-18 18 25 (2) 4 5 (1) 2 30 (3) 6
  Totals 25 (2) 4 5 (1) 2 30 (3) 6

Previous Career

Season Team League Appearances (sub) Goals
2008-10 Reading 36 (6) & 6 (3) 18 & 4
2008 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 4 (1) & 1 (0) 1 & 0
2008 Crewe Alexandra (loan) 14 (1) & 0 (0) 3 & 0
2010-12 Hoffenheim 17 (19) 9
2012 Swansea City (loan) 17 (1) & 9 (1) 7 & 0
2012-14 Tottenham Hotspur 26 (32) & 18 (7) 8 & 5
2014-17 Swansea City 101 (5) & 4 (2) 27 & 3

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