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It is best not to play Everton target Sigurdsson, says Clement

08 August 2017

Everton manager Ronald Koeman is hoping to hear some "good news" regarding the Toffees' pursuit of Swansea City talisman Gylfi Sigurdsson and confirmed that he is still very much in the hunt for a new striker amid links with Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud.

Sigurdsson has been strongly linked with a move to Everton since the start of last month, although it is thought that the Toffees are unprepared to meet Swansea's £50m valuation of the Iceland worldwide.

The Iceland midfielder has been linked to Everton all along this summer and found their bid of £40m rejected.

"But my focus is on the players I'm working with and getting ready for the season".

The former Spurs player has scored 30 goals in all competitions for Swansea, while Barkley, the man he would likely be replacing, has scored 27 since 2010.

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Everton boss Ronald Koeman has claimed that his club "are close" to bringing Swansea City's Gylfi Sigurdsson to Goodison Park.

"And it's best for everyone that he doesn't play in these [pre-season] games".

Aaron Lennon was not in the Everton squad for the draw with the Spanish side, their last pre-season fixture before they kick off their Premier League campaign at home against Stoke on Saturday. "But he's training every day with the squad and if the situation changes he is going to be ready for us".

After the match, Koeman insisted there is still plenty of work to be done in this transfer window, as he eyes three more signings.

"There has been no further update since I last spoke to the media on Wednesday", he said.

It is best not to play Everton target Sigurdsson, says Clement