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.