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Sigurdsson’s record move to Everton hinges on medical

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored nine goals and was credited with 13 assists for Swansea City last season © AFP/File / Geoff Caddick

LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 16 – Iceland midfielder is due to complete a Sh6b (£45m) move to Everton from Premier League rivals Swansea later on Wednesday if he passes a medical, British media reported.

The 27-year-old, due to sign a five year contract worth £100,000 a week, would be Everton’s record signing, topping the £31.8m they paid Chelsea for Romelu Lukaku in 2014.

Sigurdsson, who played a pivotal role in Swansea retaining their Premier League status last term after scoring nine goals and creating 13, pulled out of their pre-season tour to the United States and was not included in the squad for last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Southampton.

Swansea, who are also battling to keep Chelsea target and veteran Spanish striker Fernando Llorente, had wanted £50m.

They have already turned down two bids from Everton and rejected a reported £40m offer one from 2016 champions Leicester at the beginning of the summer.

It is believed, though, that Everton will get their way in paying an initial £40m with another £5m to follow, taking their close season spending under Ronald Koeman to over £140m.

Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has spent close to £100m so far in recruiting former favourite Wayne Rooney, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford (£30m), midfielder Davy Klaassen (£23.6m), defender Michael Keane (£30m), Cuco Martina and Sandro Ramirez.

However, a considerable proportion of the spending has been financed by the £75m sale of striker Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United.

They could further balance the books with a big money sale of midfielder Ross Barkley to Tottenham Hotspur, although he is presently injured and likely to be out till October.

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Icelandic international Sigurdsson finished third in combined goals and assists amongst midfielders in the Premier League last season behind Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne and Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen.

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