Everton Hunting £32m-rated Swan

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Money is flowing through Goodison Park this summer, and Everton are wasting little time in strengthening their squad. Boosted by the news that Wayne Rooney is heading ‘home’ on a free transfer, the Toffees have turned their attention to  Swansea City midfielder, Gylffi Sigurdsson.

Daily Mail reports suggest that with one bid already rebuffed, Ronald Koeman is determined to bring the Icelandic international to Merseyside. The Dutchman has the full backing from his board and they are returning with an improved £32m offer for the player.

Sigurdsson, capped fifty times by Iceland, is in his second spell with the Welsh club and has made over 140 appearances for the club. Averaging a goal every four games, he is a permanent fixture in the starting line-up and a key creative source for the rest of the side.

With Roque Mesa on his way to the Valleys from Las Palmas, the club appears to be preparing for Sigurdsson’s departure. It won’t be the first time he’s left the Premier League strugglers. In 2012 he moved to Tottenham Hotspur in an £8.8m deal and despite 83 appearances in two seasons, returned to Swansea in 2014.

Everton bid £25m for Sigurdsson last summer but a four-year contract enticed him to stay at the Liberty Stadium. The Toffees are more determined this summer and the circumstances seem more amenable to that happening.