Gylfi Sigurdsson Completes Everton Transfer from Swansea City on 5-Year Contract

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Iceland midfielder Sigurdsson finally completed his protracted move to Everton on Wednesday night, with the Swans understood to have received a club-record fee of around £45million.

While other clubs in the Premier League brought in players early in the summer, Swansea will now have to conduct significant business in the final few weeks of the transfer window. The manager has got really good experience as a club and a player.

Sigurdsson is the player who has received the most credit for keeping Swansea City in the Premier League last season.

In Sigurdsson, Everton have signed a high-quality attacking player and a consistent performer who is only just reaching his peak and should be a huge asset for manager Ronald Koeman as his side push to breach the Premier League's top four in 2017-18.

"When you play in Europe, and let's hope we reach Europe, and in the Premier League you can not do it with just one or two strikers".

Everton continued their squad overhaul with the arrival of Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea City.

The Dutchman did single out Pickford for praise, saying: "Maybe there was one on the pitch who played 90 minutes at a high level, and that was Jordan".

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'He was, from the start of last season, a long time on my list, ' Koeman said.

Though he was "disappointed", to lose Sigurdsson, Clement says he could sign "two or three players", to replace him.

I put pressure on myself to score goals and create.

Of course, it wouldn't have been Everton - at least in terms of how they've dealt with this particular pursuit of a player - if they hadn't continued to make things awkward, before finally agreeing to pay £45 million.

The picture on the right (below), which was taken in 2001, shows the Everton new boy outside Goodison Park's Dixie Dean statue wearing Toffees colours.

What is clear is that Sigurdsson's arrival matches Everton's transfer philosophy this summer, as another productive player was brought in to fill the vacancy left by Romelu Lukaku. This has been one insane transfer window with the amount of money players have been sold for and paid for. "I know the supporters and players would agree with that".

Manchester City are next up in the Premier League for Everton on Monday, with the trip to the Etihad Stadium representing a possible opportunity for Sigurdsson to make his debut.

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