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Is This Goal-Scoring Icelandic Midfielder On Newcastle’s Radar?

9:00 am, Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 by Ed Harrison · 25 Comments

Swansea’s on-loan midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has been impressive when we’ve watched him in recent weeks.

Gylfi Sigurdsson – impressive for Swansea

The 22 year-old attacking midfielder was brought on loan to Swansea on 1st January for the rest of the season from Hoffenheim, and since then he has appeared 15 times with 7 goals and two assists for the South Wales side.

Some of the goals this lad has scored have been very good,  and today he says he would be willing to join Swansea on a permanent deal, but his form could interest other clubs who are aware of his talents.

The youngster was born in Hafnarfjörður, Iceland and is on loan from Hoffenheim, Demba Ba’s old club.

He signed for Reading back in 2008,  and played a total of 51 times for Reading with 23 goals and 10 assists, so this lad is certainly a productive player.

Gylfi joined Hoffenheom in August of 2010 on a four year contract, and for a sum that is said to have exceeded the record of £6.5M that Reading received for Kevin Doyle.

And in the last two years he has played 39 times for the German club with 10 goals and four assists, and played for Hoffenheim when Demba Ba was there, before joining Swansea on loan in January.

He joined Swansea because he was not getting enough playing time in Germany, and there’s no doubt this player has an eye for goal, but he will not come cheap, and it could take around £7M for any club to sign the player.

Recently he admitted he was considering his long term future, as he told Sky Sports:

“Of course I’m curious about my future. It’s not up to me as I’ve another two seasons left at Hoffenheim but I don’t want to sit on the bench there for any longer.”

“Hoffenheim were in contact a couple of weeks ago and I spoke briefly to the new manager, Markus Babbel. I think he’s going to give me a call later this month and speak to me again. We’ll see what happens.”

“Rodgers gave me my chance, I owe a lot to him,” “I just want to play football. I’m very happy here at the moment and hopefully things will get sorted in the summer. I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

“At the moment I’m just concentrating on playing football and playing well for Swansea and trying to help them stay in the league. Once you’re over that 40-point mark then we can start looking up.”

“You’re not going to turn down Premier League football when you’re out of the side at Hoffenheim.”

He has played 7 times with one goal for Iceland, and he could be one for the future at Newcastle?

Maybe even a loan deal for next season,  to check out how he performs at Newcastle?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours





25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dannyo // Apr 17, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    I dunno, he’s good a amazing shot on him, but is it enough? Does he have pace, technique, dribbling skills, those things?
    I have not seen him to much tbh.

  • 2 Korzic // Apr 17, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    He’d be on the bench with us too. I’d take Cabaye over him any day and he’s not about to displace Ben Arfa on the right. Not happening

    Just another rumour.

  • 3 Dyer8 // Apr 17, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    CM
    1st. Marvin Martin (Sochaux)
    2nd. Benjamin Corgnet (Dijong)
    3rd. Moussa Sissoko (Toulouse)
    4th. Gulfy Sigurdsson (Swansea)
    5th. Joe Allen (Swansea)
    6th. Mark Davies (Bolton)
    7th. Josh McEachran (Chelsea)

  • 4 GeordieToon89 // Apr 17, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    He’d be a class signing…
    ————-Krul
    Santon-Taylor-Colo-Pieters
    Sigurdsson-Tiote-Cabaye
    Benny-Cisse-Ba

  • 5 Garreth // Apr 17, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    #4 Drop Jonas? He’s been the hardest working player for us all season, he has to stay in the team.

    This time last season I would be saying sign Sigurdsson up, but with the squad we currently have I can’t see him getting too many games and he’s already expressed his desire to play first time football.

  • 6 WWJBD // Apr 17, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Very good player this season and scores goals from CM which we need more games next season so he would be kept happy am sure. To be brutally honest I think he would force Jonas to drop to the bench for our strongest starting 11

  • 7 OoAhDembaBa // Apr 17, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Steven Fletcher from Wolves anyone?

  • 8 LewSpi // Apr 17, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    @4 I can see him there aswell.

    The lad clearly has goals in him, more than most midfielders, he gets one every 2 or 3 games and this is what we lack in midfield at the minute.

  • 9 Brutooon // Apr 17, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    he would be a good signing

  • 10 lewytoon // Apr 17, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    dyer8

    you rarely post but your list of players are always dead accurate!!

  • 11 spitfire_ // Apr 17, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Sigurdsson, Cabaye and Tiote sounds perfect… but i doubt it that we will get him.

  • 12 mickg108 // Apr 17, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Well if we’re speculating,,Jarvis& Kightly from Wolves,those 2 putting the crosses in for the 2 Demba’s & HBA playing AM.

  • 13 gunnarnufc // Apr 17, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    As an Icelander it would be extremely exciting to have him at the club. But I dont think this will happen I’m afraid. He’s been linked with Bayern, Arsenal, Inter and Man United in the past weeks so I think he might be out of reach. This boy is a model professional and it seems his brain was designed for football as he reads the game perfectly. He has a super pass on him and has been praised by many for being second only to C. Ronaldo when it comes to striking the ball.

  • 14 toonincheek // Apr 17, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Sounds like a decent player but if he can’t get enough playing time at Hoffenheim, and doesn’t want to sit on the bench, is he really going to be happy at the Toon?

    If he has improved during his time at Swansea, then maybe Hoffenheim would like him back?
    Or ask for more than we would pay?

  • 15 obatoyou // Apr 17, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    If u havent watched him, watch him on utube or somewhere, he could be one of the best players in the league, or maybe even one of the top players in europe. Probably the best player at the momemt, better than lionel messi, or paul dickov, even better than momo sissoko. Probably one of the greatest players of the modern era, like better than alfredo di stefano probly or maybe better than bruce grobelaar too. I think the best player ever actually, better than a melting pot of maradonna pele and stephen carr (mainly cos they’d be melted). Nah joking, but he’s actially quite good. Nah e sux

  • 16 gunnarnufc // Apr 17, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    He will cost a lot I believe.

    Interesting trivia for you guys. When Gylfi started making big bucks as a young man he didn’t spend it on super cars or fancy clothes. No he bought an Icelandic Fishing company at which he is currently the chairman of.

  • 17 toonincheek // Apr 17, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Jonas is a big part of our never-say-die spirit.
    Don’t underestimate the effect that has on the team.

  • 18 nightfa11 // Apr 17, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    that would be the perfect signing..all we are missing now is a goalscoring midfielder

    imagine

    cabaye tiote sigurdsson
    hba cisse ba

    best midfield & attack in the league

  • 19 JDdubai // Apr 17, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Iv said for a while now that 3rd midfield position is key for our team the way it is lining up. With Tiote and Cabaye destroying and creating we need someone to get in the box a la Rob Lee or Lampard, someone to arrive late in the box and take some of the pressure off Cisse.

    Also still insist we need Hoilett playing left attack in place of Ba, think Cisse would score 30+ goals next season with the following line up in place :

    Cabaye-Tiote-Sigurdsson or whoever

    HBA-Cisse-Hoilett.

    Pace and creativity on both flanks, goalscoring midfielder to add to the threat going forward, just need to keep hold of Tiote now!

  • 20 geordiejamie89 // Apr 17, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    People saying he’s not that good and he wouldn’t get in the team? So you’re telling me, that he wouldn’t get in the team before guthrie. algongside tiote and cabaye. At the minute he certainly would.

  • 21 SouthLincsToon // Apr 17, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    As I recall Sigurdsson has a Delap-esque throw as well, which could a good tool for our big forwards. A decent set piece threat is handy in games of few chances

  • 22 Crow59Cdo // Apr 17, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    another player we are linked with, theres no doubt hes a real talent iv just done a bit of research and turns out hes not actually a swansea player hes just on loan and also his goalscoring record for an AM is amazing, young, creative and reasonably cheap, why not

  • 23 SmileyFace // Apr 17, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    I seriously hate how as soon as we are linked with one person, everyone is like YEAH, he is amazing, listing him as their preferred target. It happens with EVERY decent player we are linked with. I know it’s a topic for discussion, and it’s a blog etc etc, but people are just getting excited jumping on the band wagon. Newcastle rarely release information about signings and players leaving, it’s always rumours. Just wait untill he is standing there holding those famous stripes – those are the players we should be talking and hyping up. Those are the ones wanting to wear the famous shirt.

  • 24 BringBackTav // Apr 17, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    If he’s not on our radar then he should be. Good player, solid technically and he’s got a shot on him. Ed, maybe a loan deal is a good option. I just don’t know where this leaves Jonas if we do this. He works constantly and is versatile but where does he fit in if we land Sigurdsson?

  • 25 magpiebop // Apr 17, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Cabaye needs 10 goals a season for us regularly or else he may not be a regular in the side for next season and be content to be Tiotes understudy. To really challenge for the title we need a Lampard or Scholes type player to notch 10-20 goals and Sigurdsson may fit the bill as with Vuckic who looks to have goals in him!




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