Gylfi Sigurdsson joins Everton on a club-record transfer

Everton have completed the club-record signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea, for a fee believed to be around £45million.

The 27-year-old Iceland midfielder has put pen to paper on a five-year contract and becomes the Toffees’ eighth summer arrival.

“Hopefully I will continue to create goals and score goals for the team and contribute to the kind of success we’re seeking at the club,” Sigurdsson told evertontv.

“This is an ambitious club and it is clear we are moving in a really good direction. The most important thing is that this team keeps winning games and climbing the table – and does that throughout the season.”

Sigurdsson said the prospect of working with Everton boss Ronald Koeman was one of the main reasons for switching to Goodison Park.

“He was a great player, one of the top players of his time,” Sigurdsson added.

“Now he is a really good manager and his vision for Everton is clear. He has built up a really good squad here, with strong players, both young and experienced.

“This was a key factor for me. Ultimately, that is a dream of mine and everyone at this club. I know the supporters and players would agree with that.”

Sigurdsson began his professional career in England with Reading and joined German side Hoffenheim in 2010.

He moved on loan to Swansea at the start of 2012 and joined Tottenham in a £6.8million deal six months later, before returning to south Wales in 2014.

Sigurdsson, Swansea’s player of the year for the past two seasons, has made 50 appearances for Iceland and played a key role in their run to the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.

His proposed move has dragged on for much of the summer, with Swansea initially valuing their star man at £50million.

Finally securing him now, at a slightly lower price, takes Everton’s spending since the end of last season to over £130million.

Sigurdsson follows the likes of Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez as another multi-million-pound acquisition, while the club also secured the free transfer arrival of Wayne Rooney.

Sigurdsson, who scored nine goals and provided 13 assists in the league last term, pulled out of Swansea’s pre-season tour to the United States after Everton’s interest became clear.

He rejoined first-team training upon Swansea’s return from the States but did not figure in their Premier League opener at Southampton on Saturday.

Sigurdsson will not feature in Thursday’s Europa League play-off against Hajduk Split at Goodison Park, but Koeman indicated he could make his Everton debut in Monday’s league clash with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

“He will not be involved (on Thursday),” Koeman said. “Maybe for Monday, I do not know. I need to talk to him and know what his physical state is. Let’s wait to see how the fitness is.”

Koeman said Everton are waiting to learn the severity of an apparent hamstring problem suffered by Ross Barkley.

Reports have suggested Barkley, whose future with the club remains unclear, is facing six weeks out due to a hamstring tear.

Asked about that, Koeman said:

“He stopped training, I think it was last Monday. It looks like a hamstring injury but we need to do more tests … to know exactly what the injury is. We need to wait.” Midfielder Barkley, who is entering the last year of his contract, appears destined to leave the club having turned down the offer of a new deal. He has been linked with a move to Tottenham, but Koeman said last week there had been no offers for the England international.

Koeman, who has let midfielder Gareth Barry join West Brom, also signalled he would like to strengthen in the current transfer window beyond the capture of Sigurdsson.

He added on Wednesday:

“Still we are looking in two positions to make the squad even stronger than it is at this stage.”

Everton agree club-record deal for Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson

Everton have agreed a deal to sign Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson for a fee believed to be about £45m.

The Iceland international scored nine goals and contributed 13 assists last season to help the Swans beat the drop.

The 27-year old will have a medical at Goodison Park on Wednesday.

Sigurdsson will become Everton’s record signing, beating the £31.8m they paid Chelsea for striker Romelu Lukaku in 2014.

Swansea set an asking price of £50m for Sigurdssonin July after rejecting an offer worth about £40m from Leicester.

The Welsh club then turned down a similar bid from Everton, who had been interested in signing the Iceland playmaker for more than a year.

Spurs will reportedly benefitfrom a 10% sell-on clause, having sold Sigudsson to Swansea in the deal which took Wales full-back Ben Davies and goalkeeper Michel Vorm to White Hart Lane.

Swansea reject second bid from Everton for Gylfi Sigurdsson worth £45m

Swansea have rejected a second bid from Everton for playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson. The Welsh club turned down an offer for the Iceland international believed to be worth £40million from the Toffees earlier this month.

It is now thought Everton have tabled a new bid of around £40million with potential add-ons that could take a final package closer to £45million.

That, however, remains short of Swansea’s valuation of the player and the Liberty Stadium outfit are thought to be holding out for £50million.

Sigurdsson’s future has been the subject of speculation throughout the summer with reports claiming Leicester were also interested in the 27-year-old.

The former Tottenham midfielder did not travel with the Swans squad for their pre-season tour of the United States with the club reporting he was not in “the right frame of mind.”

Owners Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien also issued a strongly-worded statement saying they would not sell unless they received an acceptable offer. “We will not be bullied or forced into a decision until a club meets our valuation of the player, no matter whether they believe they have an agreement with the player,” it read.

Tammy Abraham join Swansea  on a season-long loan from Chelsea 

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has signed a new five-year contract at Stamford Bridge and joined Swansea City on a season-long loan deal.
The Welsh club beat fellow Premier League clubs Brighton and Newcastle to his signature.

Swansea announced the expected move on their official website, saying Abraham will link up with his new team-mates during the club’s tour of the United States later this month.

Abraham, 19, spent last season on loan at Bristol City where he scored 26 goals, 23 of them in the Sky Bet Championship.

He has just returned from international duty with the England Under-21s at Euro 2017 and becomes Swansea’s second summer signing following the arrival of Dutch goalkeeper Erwin Mulder from Heerenveen.

Swansea had emerged as favourites to sign Abraham, with head coach Paul Clement knowing the Camberwell-born teenager from his time on the Chelsea coaching staff.

“I’m really excited,” Abraham told the official Swansea website.

“I enjoyed my time at Bristol City last season, playing regular first-team football and scoring goals. Hopefully I can do the same at Swansea.

“I watched Swansea a lot last season when they played Chelsea and on TV.

“I know it was a difficult season for them at times, but you could see that they always try and play nice football.”
Abraham said he had sought advice from Swansea defender Alfie Mawson, an England Under-21 team-mate in Poland, before committing himself to the club.

“Alfie is a great lad and told me a hell of a lot about Swansea,” Abraham said.

“He said it was a good club and a great place to get your head down, work hard and concentrate on your football. He said it would be a great move for my ongoing development.”

Swansea are also closing in on Las Palmas midfielder Roque Mesa, with the player set to undergo a medical on Wednesday.

Swansea sign goalkeeper  Erwin Mulder from Heerenveen

Swansea have signed Dutch goalkeeper Erwin Mulder on a free transfer, the Premier League club have announced.

The 28-year-old arrives at the Liberty Stadium having turned down a new contract at Eredivisie club Heerenveen, for whom he played for the last two years.

Mulder has signed a three-year deal and becomes Swansea manager Paul Clement’s first signing of the summer.

He began his career at Feyenoord, where he made 120 appearances, had a season on loan at Excelsior in 2008-09, and joined Heerenveen in 2015.

In all, he has played more than 250 senior games in his native Holland.

Mulder will compete for the number one spot at the Liberty Stadium alongside Lukasz Fabianski and Kristoffer Nordfeldt, who he succeeded at Heerenveen when the Sweden international joined Swansea.

“I am very happy to be here,” Mulder told the official Swansea website.

“Now the opportunity has come and I have taken it with both hands.

“The Premier League is the biggest league in the world. As a player, you want to be part of that.”

Mulder becomes the third Dutch goalkeeper to join Swansea with Dorus de Vries and Michel Vorm having played notable roles there in the past decade.

“There have been many Dutch players here, including some goalkeepers,” Mulder said.

“A lot of them have done well here so it is nice for me to be here now.

“I know a little bit about the club. I spoke with Leroy Fer and Mike van der Hoorn.

“They told me some good things about the club.

“Of course I want to challenge to play here, but Lukasz is here and Kristoffer is here, so it is going to be difficult. But I am going to do my best.”

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      EPL results: Final day – Champions Chelsea  cruise on Terry’s farewell match; Arsenal win but miss out of Champions League; Kane nets a hat trick- wins Golden boot

      ​Arsenal 3 – 1 Everton

      Burnley 1 – 2 West Ham  United

      Chelsea 5 – 1 Sunderland

      Hull City 1 – 7 Tottenham  Hotspur

      Leicester City 1 – 1 AFC Bournemouth

      Liverpool 3 – 0 Middlesbrough

      Manchester United 2 – 0 Crystal Palace

      Southampton 0 – 1 Stoke City

      Swansea City 2 – 1 West Bromwich Albion

      Watford 0 – 5 Manchester  City

      • Chelsea 5 – 1 Sunderland

      Premier League champions Chelsea beat Sunderland 5-1 to break the Premier League record for wins in a season, as captain John Terry waved goodbye to Stamford Bridge.

      With their 30th Premier League victory of the season, Chelsea have broken the competition record set by Jose Mourinho’s title-winning Blues teams in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons, who both won 29 of their 38 league matches.

      The win also means Conte’s men finish the season with 93 points, a tally beaten only by Chelsea’s first Premier League title-winning side in 2004-05.

      Blues legend, Terry, who has spent 22 years at the club but will leave this summer, played 26 minutes after starting his second match in a row and was replaced to a standing ovation and a guard of honour from his team-mates.

      Willian’s equaliser  had already cancelled out Javier Manquillo’s third-minute strike by that point, and Eden Hazard and Pedro scored after the break to put the hosts in control.

      Substitute Michy Batshuayi grabbed a late double to seal a record-breaking 30th Premier League victory this season.

      It was the perfect prelude to the lifting of the trophy after the match and for Chelsea’s FA Cup final against Arsenal on Saturday.

      • Hull City 1 – 7 Tottenham  Hotspur

      Harry Kane finished as the Premier League’s top scorer for the second successive season after scoring a hat-trick as Tottenham thrashed Hull 7-1 on the final day.

      The striker, who netted four in a 6-1 win at Leicester on Thursday, followed up with two goals inside the opening 15 minutes at the KCOM Stadium.

      Dele Alli made it 3-0 before half-time and, after Sam Clucas pulled a goal back in the 66th minute, Spurs finished with a flourish.

      Victor Wanyama headed in before Kane completed his hat-trick and Ben Davies and Toby Alderweireld scored their first Premier League goals of the season.

      Kane wins the Golden Boot award with 29 goals, four more than nearest rival Romelu Lukaku.

      And the rout concludes another impressive campaign for Spurs, who finish second behind Chelsea on 86 points with just four defeats and a club-record 26 goals conceded.

      Hull, meanwhile, drop to the Championship with uncertainty over the future of Marco Silva, who was serenaded by fans throughout the match in a bid to keep him at the club, with  talks planned next week.

      • Watford 0 – 5 Manchester  City

      Manchester City sealed their place in next season’s Champions League by crushing Watford to finish third in Pep Guardiola’s debut season.

      City skipper Vincent Kompany was left unmarked to head in an early opener before Sergio Aguero twice clinically fired in after quick counters-attacks.

      The Blues, needing a point to guarantee a finish in the top four, were 4-0 up at half-time after Fernandinho bundled in.

      Gabriel Jesus clipped in a fifth after the break as Watford ended the reign of departing manager Walter Mazzarri with a shocking display.

      Mazzarri, who leaves after just one season, was booed by some Hornets fans during the game as the hosts suffered a sixth successive defeat to finish in 17th place.

      • Liverpool 3 – 0 Middlesbrough

      Liverpool secured their Champions League return as their initial nerves turned to jubilation and relegated Middlesbrough crumbled at Anfield.

      With top-four rivals Arsenal ahead at Everton, Liverpool were impotent in attack and twitchy at the back for most of the first half.

      But Georginio Wijnaldum eased the tension in injury time, bursting into the box and smashing in a fierce shot at the near post.

      Philippe Coutinho’s low curling free-kick six minutes into the second half was quickly followed by Adam Lallana slotting in to give the Reds a comfortable cushion to ride out to full-time.

      With Manchester City thrashing Watford, Liverpool finished fourth in the final Premier League table and will have to negotiate Champions League qualifying at the start of next season.

      • ​Arsenal 3 – 1 Everton

      Arsenal missed out on a place in the Champions League for the first time in 20 years despite beating Everton on the final day of the season.

      Arsene Wenger’s side got the win they required despite having defender Laurent Koscielny sent off for a reckless first-half challenge on Everton’s Enner Valencia. He will now serve a suspension that will keep him out of the FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley.

      Arsenal took the lead early on through Hector Bellerin’s far-post finish and Alexis Sanchez scrambled in a second after Koscielny’s dismissal to put the Gunners in control.

      It was to no avail as Liverpool completed their task by beating Middlesbrough to finish fourth.

      The Gunners did end the league campaign with a flourish though thanks to Aaron Ramsey’s brilliant injury-time strike from 20 yards after Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back for Everton from the penalty spot.

      The hosts, who also had defender Gabriel taken off injured on a stretcher, now turn their attention to Wembley, after which an announcement on manager Wenger’s future will be made.

      • Manchester United 2 – 0 Crystal Palace

      Josh Harrop scored on his debut as Manchester United’s disappointing Premier League campaign ended with a comfortable victory over Crystal Palace.

      Harrop was one of four players given their first top-flight starts as manager Jose Mourinho named the youngest United line-up in Premier League history, with an average age of 22 years and 284 days.

      The 21-year-old midfielder was brimming with confidence and lashed in a superb finish from inside the box in the first half, and could have had a second, but curled an effort narrowly wide.

      Paul Pogba doubled the advantage with a low strike before being replaced by Michael Carrick with Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax in mind.

      With two minutes remaining the London-born and Salford-raised Angel Gomes replaced captain Wayne Rooney to become the club’s youngest ever Premier League player at 16 years and 263 days old.

      He is also the first player born in the 21st century to appear in the Premier League.

      Palace’s best chance went to Christian Benteke in the second half, but the striker’s towering header struck the foot of the post.

      Victory means United collect £28.5m in competition prize money for a sixth place finish – their second successive season outside the top four – while Palace end the season in 14th, earning them £13.3m.

      • Southampton 0 – 1 Stoke City

      Southampton” miserable home form continued as Peter Crouch struck the only goal of the game to help Stoke to a first away win since January on the final day of the season.

      The home side enjoyed the majority of possession but Nathan Redmond’s lob on to the bar on the stroke of half-time was their best moment until Crouch pounced.

      The striker’s 10th goal of the season arrived when he headed home a Geoff Cameron cross and they deserved the lead after creating openings throughout.

      Southampton rallied late on as Jack Butland produced fine saves to deny Steven Davis, James Ward-Prowse and Sofiane Boufal but Claude Puel’s side end the campaign without a win in five games at St Mary’s.

      His side end the season eighth, with their lowest points tally since 2012-13, while Stoke finish 13th, their lowest finish since the same season.

      • Leicester City 1 – 1 AFC Bournemouth

      Bournemouth secured their highest top-flight finish with a draw at Leicester on the final day of the 2016-17 Premier League season.

      Junior Stanislas put the Cherries ahead after just 59 seconds, smashing in a rebound from Ryan Fraser’s shot at the end of Lys Mousset’s driving run.

      Leicester started poorly but were transformed after the break and Jamie Vardy poked in Islam Slimani’s knockdown early in the second half.

      Vardy had a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside nine minutes later as he stabbed in after Slimani’s blocked shot, while Slimani headed badly wide when found in space by a Riyad Mahrez free-kick with five minutes to play.

      The Cherries – who finished 16th in their first Premier League campaign last year – end the season in ninth, while 2015-16 champions Leicester move down to 12th.

      • Swansea City 2 – 1 West Bromwich Albion

      Swansea City fought back from a goal down to beat West Brom on the final day of the Premier League season.

      Having secured survival a week earlier, the hosts were in relaxed mood at a relieved Liberty Stadium but fell behind in the first half as Jonny Evans nodded in from a corner.

      Swansea improved after the interval and equalised as Jordan Ayew headed his first goal for the club, before Fernando Llorente volleyed the winning goal with five minutes left.

      A fourth win in five games lifts the Swans up to 15th in the Premier League table while a ninth match without victory means West Brom finish the campaign in 10th place.

      Whereas the Baggies’ second-half decline was symptomatic of their fading fortunes at the end of the season, Swansea’s late revival was representative of their inspired run-in.

      • Burnley 1 – 2 West Ham  United

      West Ham ended their season with an away victory as they came from behind to beat Burnley at Turf Moor.

      Burnley went ahead when Sam Vokes scored his 10th league goal of the season when he finished off Andre Gray’s low cross.

      The hosts’ lead only lasted four minutes before Sofiane Feghouli netted to complete a fine move that also involved Edimilson Fernandes and Andre Ayew.

      Ayew scored the winning goal with a close-range header after Tom Heaton had pushed Fernandes’ shot on to the crossbar.

      The result means West Ham end the season in 11th place, missing out on a top-10 position on goal difference, while Burnley finish in 16th.