Newcastle A Step Closer to Signing Midfield Sensation
Bundesliga club, Hoffenheim, had made it clear that they wanted to retain the currently on loan (at Swansea) midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson but appear now to have accepted that he is intent on leaving and indeed have made public interest in their own transfer targets with a potential fee of close to £10m for Sigurdsson helping to fund them.
Sigurdsson continued his excellent form on Saturday against Wolves with one assist and also struck a post himself, a creative midfielder and goalscorer, he has scored an amazing 43 goals in only 127 league appearances and is still only 22.
Sigurdsson has confirmed his intent on staying in the English Premier League but Swansea would be unable to match Newcastle’s offer of European football and overall potential, plus the Welsh club have a rigid wage structure which would make it very difficult to match anything like what Newcastle could offer.
Sigurdsson has come out and said; “There is no news – but I am not worried about it, I am just focussed on my next game. But my thoughts haven’t changed; I’ve told Hoffenheim what I want to do next season and that’s play in the Premier League so hopefully things can get sorted in the summer.”
Indeed reports coming out of Wales suggest that Swansea are all but resigned to the fact that they will lose out on a player who has been their star player in the last few months.
An extra element which hasn’t been widely covered is that Sigurdsson was at Hoffenheim at the same time as Demba Ba, so the attraction of linking up again with Ba won’t do no harm, plus of course he will know plenty about Cisse who competed for Freiburg against Hoffenheim in Germany.
The Icelandic midfielder is a powerful 6ft 1 and in our Championship season (2009/10) knocked in 21 goals from midfield for Reading, a profile that led to German side Hoffenheim paying around £7m for the then 20 year old.
Last season he was voted player of the year by the Hoffenheim fans and this despite only starting 13 matches, he fell out of favour early this season and ended up on loan at Swansea in January where he has been an instant hit with seven goals and numerous assists, as well as a phenomenal shots on goal ratio per match.
Sigurdsson is a player who clearly seems to tick many boxes in terms of age (22), height (6ft 1), mobility, creative, scores goals and would seem to fit into Newcastle’s price and wage bracket.
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