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Gylfi Sigurdsson heading back to Swansea City as Ben Davies and Michel Vorm get set for Tottenham Hotspur

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: July 21, 2014

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GYLFI Sigurdsson is heading back to Swansea City in a straight swap deal for Ben Davies.Tottenham star Sigurdsson is set to tie up his return to the Liberty Stadium in the next couple of days with Davies moving in the opposite direction.And in a separate deal, Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm is poised to join Spurs for a fee which is likely to be in the region of £2.5 million.Garry Monk will be delighted to secure Sigurdsson, the attacking midfielder who made such a big impression when he was on loan in Wales in the second half of the 2011-12 campaign.But it is a blow for Swansea to lose Davies, the local lad who has starred for them since breaking into the first team almost two years ago.Spurs had been tipped to pay around £10 million for the Welsh international left-back.But with Swansea keen on Sigurdsson, it is understood the two clubs have now agreed to a swap.Vorm, meantime, is on his way to Spurs after Swansea's decision to sign Lukasz Fabianski cast major doubt over how much game-time he would get.The Dutch international is now set to compete with French No. 1 Hugo Lloris for the goalkeeper's jersey at White Hart Lane.Davies left Swansea's pre-season trip to America over the weekend to join up with Tottenham - who are also in tour in the States - to undergo a medical.He was not on the plane when Monk's men set off for home last night.Sigurdsson has departed the Spurs camp as he looks to complete his move to Swansea.Liverpool were also keen on Davies, and saw an offer worth around £8 million rebuffed last week.But Swansea have now agreed to let him go, thanks in part to the fact that they have a ready-made replacement already on the books in the shape of Neil Taylor.

Wilfried Bony is another player who is rumoured to be on Spurs' radar.

The Ivorian has attracted plenty of attention this summer after a sensational debut Premier League season.

He has also been linked with the likes of Liverpool, Everton and Arsenal.

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There are also reports doing the rounds that Ki Sung-Yueng is stalling over a proposed move to Aston Villa as he waits for other offers.

The South Korean's future remains unclear after he spent last season on loan at Sunderland.

Swansea, meanwhile, remain close to confirming the signing of Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero.

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  • SPEEDMAN  |  July 22 2014, 9:06AM

    of all the players to keep and to let go why was Tiendalli kept he was always a week link in our team, could not defend or cross the ball most of the time kept passing it back to often so i hope GM will sign another player to fill that right back position along with Rangel .

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  • Rambler2  |  July 22 2014, 8:10AM

    Kp287 you can have an opinion of Monk as a manager which is your right others will have different opinions which is their right. However how can you say you dislike Monk if you have never met him unless you have of course.

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  • hacker_jack  |  July 21 2014, 11:21PM

    Can't say I'm exactly pleased with the deals but I don't think they are bad by any means. Realistically we were losing one left back this year, Davies might well have the higher upside of the two but right now there isn't a lot to choose in terms of ability between him and Taylor. When you consider that Taylor's market value would currently be a fraction of Davies then it makes sense for Davies to be the one who goes if it means a decent deal. While I would have liked a few million added to the deal I can just about accept a straight swap provided Gylffi isn't coming in on silly wages. A ready made replacement for Michu if ever there was one. Vorm surprises me slightly, not in terms of the fee, £5m sounds fair enough (everywhere else if reporting that fee, not the EPs), but I'm a little shocked he didn't insist on going somewhere where he will be first choice, no way he's in ahead of Lloris, he had a much better chance of playing here. In the end if we lose Davies, Vorm and Michu, bring in Gylffi, Fabianski, Gomis, Emnes and possibly Moreno (+£8m if Michu goes permenantly) we'll be doing OK. Fabiaski, Tremmel; Rangel, Taylor, Chicho, Williams, Bartley, Amat, Tiendalli, Kingsley; Britton, Ki, Shelvey, Siggy, Fulton, King; Routledge, Dyer, Moreno, Emnes, Gomis, Bony - In terms of quality that's as good if not better than we started last season if you ask me with still a decent amount of funds to add one or two extras. So overall it feels a little like two steps back, two steps forwar so far this summer, but nowhere near as bad as some of you with certain obvious agendas are making out.

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  • KP287  |  July 21 2014, 10:23PM

    BigPhil, don`t have time to sit in an armchair, have a business to run. My opinion is as valid as yours, I try and temper my dislike of Monk with facts as I see them...

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  • daifloyd  |  July 21 2014, 8:37PM

    Moggs,I understand the point you are making.However,I think you would agree that your syntax knowingly cultivates animosity.Your commentary is certainly colourful,mostly red!

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  • stevewales33  |  July 21 2014, 8:27PM

    Players come players go but we will always be swansea city in huw I trust

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  • CroJack  |  July 21 2014, 7:54PM

    Our starting XI right now: Fabianski - Taylor, Williams, Chico, Rangel - Britton, Shelvey - Routledge, Sigurdsson, Dyer - Bony. Not bad at all. With Gomis, Montero and Emnes we have a plenty of attacking options. We have two promising centre-backs as substitutes for Williams and Chico. Fulton is a backup for Britton, Ki for Shelvey and Britton, both Ki and Shelvey can play behind the striker as backup for Sigurdsson. Kingsley is a talented left-back though unproved in the Premier League. The only position I am worried about is right-back position - both Richards and Tiendalli should show much more to be considered as good subs for Rangel.

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  • jacksback  |  July 21 2014, 5:43PM

    If its true its very good business by the swans., if davies and vorm had another poor season then they would be sold for a lot less.

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  • valleyswan  |  July 21 2014, 4:31PM

    I agree with Lynbaz-extremely poor deal!

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  • Rambler2  |  July 21 2014, 4:17PM

    If Siggy signs for us I would imagine we will not be looking for a 3rd striker as he, as he did before, will be an attacking player for us. I know some people are not keen but I hope this doesn't mean that .JDG will not be back as he is mote of versatile mid fielder than Siggy and van Gaal must see something in him.

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