Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton: But is the midfielder value for money?

Premier League clubs to vote on early closure of summer transfer window

Premier League clubs to vote on early closure of summer transfer window

Gylfi Sigurdsson has completed his £45 million move from Swansea to Everton - a deal that adds to what has been a very busy summer for the Toffees in terms of recruitment.

The Toffees agreed a deal for the Iceland global on Tuesday night to end a summer-long chase before the 27-year old passed a medical at the club earlier on Wednesday.

Ronald Koeman believes Gylfi Sigurdsson will help replace Romelu Lukaku as he explained why Everton are paying a club record £45 million (Dh213m) for the Iceland worldwide.

Sigurdsson was unveiled as the Blues' new club-record signing on Wednesday after he completed an initial £40 million move from Swansea City. He was arguably one of, if not the most, important players in saving Swansea from relegation last season.

But Everton are finally set to secure their number one summer target at a price slightly lower than Swansea had wanted - taking their summer spending to over £140m.

Representatives from the 20 top-flight clubs will attend next month's shareholders' meeting with a majority believed to be in favour of a new deadline which would stop managers bringing players in once a season has begun.

Sigurdsson pulled out of Swansea's pre-season tour to the United States after Everton's interest became clear.

The current window, in line with many other European leagues, closes on 31 August, nearly three weeks after the start of the Premier League season. "It took some time but finally we have signed the player", Koeman said.

Koeman has confirmed that Sigurdsson will not be handed his Everton debut in their Europa League play-off round first-leg clash against Hajduk Split this evening.

After progressing through the Royals' ranks, the now 27-year-old later played for Hoffenheim, Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur, from whom the Welsh side re-acquired him in 2014.

"It is disappointing, but we were realistic that a club investing who are above us means you can lose them".

"We still need to sign a striker", the Everton manager told The Guardian.

Chadli is a player that is highly inconsistent, which has hampered his Premier League career with both Spurs and the Baggies.

"I think they need five or six extra players if they want to give themselves a chance of Premier League football".

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