Newcastle Reported To Be After Top Reading Winger

Reading manager Brian McDermott is expecting offers to arrive for his young Iceland U21 winger Gylfi Sigurdsson, and one of the clubs interested is said to be Newcastle United.

Gylfi Sigurðsson – Reading’s 20 year-old Iceland U21 winger

The Reading manager, Brian McDermott, talked yesterday of trying to keep his top players at the club over the summer:

“We will try and keep as many as possible of the players here over the summer but we will see what the summer brings.

“It will be dominated by other clubs.” “If certain clubs come in for our players then we will deal with that, but that is not something we will encourage.”

As well as Newcastle being reportedly interested in the 20 year-old winger, Bolton Wanderers and Fulham are also said to be interested.

Sigurdsson was born in Reykjavík, Iceland,  and joined the Reading Academy back in October, 2005, when he had only just turned 16 years-old, and has played at all levels for the Iceland Youth teams, including 8 appearances for the U21 side with 3 goals, but has not yet been capped at full international level.

In 2008 he was on loan at Shrewsbury Town ( 5 appearances – 1 goal), and then last year was on loan at Crewe Alexandra (15 appearances, 4 goals), but has now played almost 40 times for Reading with 20 goals. So the lad has almost 60 first class appearances with 25 goals to his name.

This season Sigurðsson has been a huge contributor to Reading’s extraordinary 2009-2010 FA Cup run,  which included terrific wins over Premier League sides Liverpool and Burnley, and Championship Runner-Up West Bromwich Albion.

On 3rd April 2010, Sigurdsson won the Championship Player of the Month Award for March, beating out Peter Løvenkrands of Newcastle United, and yesterday Sigurðsson was named as the 2009/2010 Reading Player of the Season beating out Jimmy Kebe and Ryan Bertrand who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

From what we can find out about the 6’1″ tall player, who turns 21 this September, he seems just the sort of up-and-coming player Newcastle should be signing in the summer, but we’ll have to wait and see if the Magpies will really pursue this lad.

We hope the Tyneside club do just that.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Xenarious

    May 4, 2010 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #1

    He was one of the best players in the Championship this season, and showed in the FA Cup that he could compete against Liverpool. Whenever I have seen him he has looked very impressive. I really hope we can get him. He is the sort of player that will be hungry to impress in the Premiership, and we won’t have to pay a huge fee for him.

  • Johann

    May 4, 2010 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #2

    As an Icelander I can confirm he´s level headed player looking at a bright future in the game.

  • stjames

    May 4, 2010 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #3

    Nice spelling of Sigurðsson Ed. You got 3 wright. Unfortunatly you also got 3 wrong. 🙂

  • stjames

    May 4, 2010 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #4

    Sorry about my spelling (wright) 🙁

  • baro

    May 4, 2010 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #5

    I would really be happy if we signed Sigurdsson. He is really creative and would be really cheap. Would be another bargain buy. 🙂

  • tanker_03

    May 4, 2010 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #6

    He was listed as one of the players that shone in the Championship…we certainly can boost our attack if we able to sign him and Nicky Maynard from Bristol City.

  • WLtoon

    May 4, 2010 at 2:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Thats the sort of young talent we could afford and he would jump at the chance to join us i think,ile be keeping my fingers crossed on this one.

  • mattyNUFC

    May 4, 2010 at 2:33 AM

    Comment #8

    YES!!!!!! ive been singing his praises for months now…hope this is true!!

    now, we just need mohamed diame!!

  • mattyNUFC

    May 4, 2010 at 2:36 AM

    Comment #9

    ….and then my dream line up is complete with a RB….maybe another striker but wouldn’t lose sleep over it if one didn’t come in


    May 4, 2010 at 2:54 AM

    Comment #10

    agreed, clearly got the eye for goal and if he isnt already… can be moulded into a character that plays for the team rather than himself… certainly a prospect

  • Rotonda heights

    May 4, 2010 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #11

    James – nice spelling of wright and unfortunately !!! Or are you just being ironic ?

  • MrT76

    May 4, 2010 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #12

    Aye, the lad looks good, but does he have Rooneys neck? 🙂

  • Ericles

    May 4, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #13

    Definitely one to go for asap.

  • tanker_03

    May 4, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #14

    Here’s a few useful additions I’ll like to see at the club:

    Chris Gunter (Forest)
    Peter Whittingham (Cardiff)
    Gary Hooper (Scunthorpe)
    Charlie Adam (Blackpool)
    Ryan Bertrand (Reading – on loan from Chelsea)
    Connor Wickham (Ipswich)

  • andoni

    May 4, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #15

    what about Valencias’s player Joaquin? He is unhappy there

  • yankmag

    May 4, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #16

    Would love this signing. Young, probably on the cheap, and plays a position we need. We can slot him in to rotate behind Jonas on the rare times he doesn’t play, and Wayne.


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