Ronald Koeman: 'No hurry for Gylfi Sigurdsson'


Swansea City manager Paul Clement is confident of keeping mooted Chelsea transfer target Fernando Llorente but has expressed his frustration over the lack of movement in Gylfi Sigurdsson's prospective move to Everton.

'We are at a critical stage of this situation and hope it's going to be resolved very quickly, ' said Clement, who confirmed Sigurdsson would not feature in his side's trip to Southampton.

Everton have seen two bids for the Iceland global midfielder rejected, with Swansea holding out for a fee of around £50 million.

Clement added: "At the moment no (he will not play this Saturday). He will not be in the squad".

Sigurdsson has not played for Swansea since their first pre-season friendly at Barnet on July 12.

Wilfried Bony, their former striker who appears surplus to requirements at Manchester City, and West Brom forward Nacer Chadli are both understood to be on Swansea's radar. "But I think that would potentially be a good partnership". "So we're as ready as we can be". We do not have another possibility to win our first game - this is the only one.

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Talks between Everton and Swansea over a deal to take Sigurdsson to Goodison Park have hit a deadlock, according to Sky sources, but a deal could still happen. That has not changed.

"I heard the comments of Paul Clement, the manager of Swansea, and of course everybody would like to have news".

But having signed Michael Keane from Burnley in a £30 million (A$49.44 million) deal when the England defender was in the final year of his deal at Turf Moor, Koeman sees no reason for Everton not to expect the same from other clubs.

"I'm as confident as I can be from my talks with the owners and the chairman that if this goes through, that we're ready to go", Clement said.

Sigurdsson, whether he admits it or not, wants to leave to play European football and Swansea aren't going to get the best out of him again after this saga. It is always a game between the buying club and the selling club but we are close and let's hope we get the agreement as soon as possible.