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Former Swansea City target Gylfi Sigurdsson on £55k at Tottenham

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: July 06, 2012

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SWANSEA City were ready to make Gylfi Sigurdsson their highest-paid player — but he will get twice as much cash after signing for Tottenham Hotspur.

The Evening Post has learned that Swansea were prepared to pay Sigurdsson around £30,000 a week — £5,000 a week more than he was earning at former club Hoffenheim.

It is understood Liverpool offered Sigurdsson only marginally more money to move to Anfield, but Brendan Rodgers's hopes of a reunion with the Icelander were dashed when Spurs entered the bidding.

The North London club will pay Sigurdsson in the region of £55,000 a week after he opted for a move to White Hart Lane.

Swansea simply cannot compete with that kind of deal, though it has also emerged that their interest in the player waned considerably once Rodgers left Wales for Anfield.

Chairman Huw Jenkins had sanctioned what would have been comfortably the richest transfer deal in Swansea's 100-year history when Rodgers was at the Liberty helm.

And though the club maintained they still wanted Sigurdsson even after Rodgers's exit, their desire to push through the move faded once the Northern Irishman had departed.

Swansea can now use the Sigurdsson funds elsewhere, with new boss Michael Laudrup keen to bring Villareal midfielder Jonathan de Guzman and Genoa centre-back Chico Flores to the Liberty.

Sigurdsson, meantime, will aim to make his mark in a Spurs shirt after turning down the chance to work with a manager he knows well in Rodgers.

The 22-year-old was also wanted by Newcastle, but it is believed his representatives told the Toon he wanted to play for Rodgers.

That meant it was something of a shock when the former Reading man opted for Tottenham.

Sigurdsson has claimed his new club's ambition was the key behind his move. "I enjoyed playing under Brendan and I am grateful for everything he has done for me, but after careful consideration I liked Spurs best," he said.

"I was impressed with the club's plans for next season and the coming years. There is clearly great ambition at Tottenham and the club intend to do big things."

A frustrated Rodgers, meanwhile, said: "Liverpool would have provided Gylfi with a wonderful opportunity to perform with a manager that he knows and at a club which is a real footballing institution.

"But he's decided to go to Tottenham, for whatever reason.

"I wish him the best, he's a good kid and there's no ill feeling. We've got other targets and we'll move on."

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  • Hadoken123  |  July 06 2012, 11:54PM

    Lezz_T Most of the swans players would not be in the premier league if it were not for the style of footy we play, we don't really have many star players, Gyfi was somewhat of a star player and we all knew he was going places.

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  • phildavies14  |  July 06 2012, 7:55PM

    I think Mickey Dirtbag is an abnormally tall person and wants to promote the benefits of being tall. Mickey, I can tell you for a fact he was tall. As for your comment on "Dutch people are generally tall", Lets look at our 'TALL' dutchmen, recent past and present. Ferrie - a massive 5 ft 9 Cedric Van der Gunn - another massive 5ft 9 Kemy - an abnormally tall dutchman at 5ft 10 Marvo Emnes - shorter than I thought, but a colossol at 5ft 11 Dorus - A giant by dutch standards at 6ft 1 Michel Vorm - FACT- he is in the guiness book of records as Hollands tallest man at 6ft 2 Coffee Mickey Dirtbag? Lots of it !

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  • PaulStuart  |  July 06 2012, 7:03PM

    Nobody is worth £55K a week, despite the Sky money. Approaching £3M a year before add ons and bonuses. I know that's the price but time we all got real. Portsmouth are now paying £36k a week for a player who is in the third league. Thank goodness we have HJ.

  • OzJack  |  July 06 2012, 2:05PM

    Lezz T we were also up against it in the Championship and now with the likes of Blackburn, Bolton and Wolves in the Championship they will be playing higher salaries than the Swans, Leicester were paying extortionate salaried last year. de Vries wouldn't accept a loss of salary if relegated and that was one of the factors he left the Swans. We will lose players, but we'll replace them, that is the Swansea way.

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  • Lezz_T  |  July 06 2012, 1:50PM

    £55k a week! No doubt the agents of Allen, Williams, Sinclair etc, will be looking for that type of deal. it's going to be difficult for the Swans to get players to sign contract extensions when there's that kind of money on offer and the extra TV money will only fuel yet more player wage inflation and make matters worse.

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  • OzJack  |  July 06 2012, 1:42PM

    Good on you Gylfi and well done for playing Rodgers. Why should Rodgers take advantage on the protracted negotiations Huw had with both Hoffenheim and Gylfi, he wrongfully ASSUMED that the negotiation and deal worked on by Swansea would be the deal Liverpool would rightfully get because of HIS connection. I will always rate Gylfi, he was the difference between relegation and promotion last year, I know he will be a success at Spurs. I red an interesting post by a Reading fan recently. Gylfi was played on the wing by Rodgers whilst at Reading and was not a success, it was only when Rodgers was sacked and McDermott played him in a central midfield role did he start to show his potential. The same for Shane Long, didn't do anything under Rodgers but was a roaring success under McDermott. Good luck Gylfi you will be missed!

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  • GorsseinonJoe  |  July 06 2012, 12:05PM

    Why is there a discussion about this Spurs player? He stitched the Swans up did the same to Liverpool and now some other mug is paying him over the odds. Move on

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  • MickyDirtbag  |  July 06 2012, 11:53AM

    Your right I should have mentioned those other players for example: "Gylfi singlehandidly helped keep Graham, Vorms, Williams, Allen and the like in a Premier League Job".

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  • RJ_EJ  |  July 06 2012, 11:30AM

    "Single handidly kept us up" - What are you talking about? He did a great job no doubt, but you are really disrespecting Vorm, Williams, Allen, Graham etc. with that comment!!

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  • MickyDirtbag  |  July 06 2012, 11:14AM

    Im glad we didnt sign Gylfi. It has come to my attention that he is not very tall which wont suit the game we are going to play under Mr Laudrip. I would like to see our money spent elsewhere. Dutch peoplle are generally tall so maybe Mr Laudrip can send some of his scouts over to Amsterdamto have a look for some tall men. I wish him well and I will be the first person to applaud him when he comes back to the Liberty as he single handidly kept us up last year so we at least owe him that.

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