Inside Football: Everton Told to Pay £40M for Gylfi Sigurdsson

Dean Jones@DeanJonesBRFootball Insider at Bleacher ReportJuly 6, 2017

Inside Football: Everton Told to Pay £40M for Gylfi Sigurdsson

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    Everton have had a great time reshaping their squad this summer, and they are not finished yet.

    Ronald Koeman has seen Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Davy Klaasen, Henry Onyekuru and Sandro Ramirez come through the door so far, and he still wants to add a few more.

    Wayne Rooney and Olivier Giroud are on their way, according to The Sun, but another man on their radar is Gylfi Sigurdsson.

    Everton are continuing to pursue him, and in this edition of Inside Football, I reveal why they are not getting their own way so far.

    I also take a look at Tottenham Hotspur's interest in Alfie Mawson, West Ham United's striker hunt, Chicharito's pay demands and Andre Gray's future at Burnley.

Leicester Join Everton in Sigurdsson Chase

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    Everton have been continuing their pursuit of Sigurdsson but are now faced with two obstacles if they are to land him.

    Firstly, they are no longer the only team chasing his signature, as I understand Leicester City have made a serious enquiry.

    Secondly, even if they see off Leicester, they must still agree to Swansea City's valuation—and the Welsh club are now setting his price tag at £40 million.

    That's around £10 million more than the Toffees had expected to splash on the Icelandic midfielder.

    It does not mean the deal is dead, but it does complicate matters at a time when they are also trying to get deals for Rooney and Giroud over the line.

Spurs Must Pay £30M for Mawson

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    Swansea face a testing summer as they also battle to hold on to defender Mawson.

    Tottenham have identified him as one of their top targets for this summer window and have made an initial approach to discuss a £20 million deal.

    However, Swansea intend to hold firm, as they believe the player is worth closer to £30 million.

    Mawson, 23, was the club's breakthrough player of the 2016/17 campaign and then shone for England Under-21s at the European Championship in Poland.

    The Swans still believe they can keep hold of him this summer, as they can guarantee the player first-team football.

West Ham Searching for Elite Striker

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    West Ham have been stunned to learn that Everton are closing in on a £20 million deal for Giroud.

    Officials at the London outfit were convinced they were in a good position to land the striker, if Arsenal agreed to let him go.

    Ideally, the Gunners do not want Giroud to leave, and Arsene Wenger is believed to have made that clear to the French forward. However, they also understand his frustration at a lack of game time so will listen to bids that meet his valuation.

    It is likely to mean the Hammers' search for an elite striker continues. They are seeking a proven top-level goalscorer after being left short of firepower last term.

    It could be that West Ham now turn their attention to Kelechi Iheanacho of Manchester City.

Little Pea Costs Big Wages

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    Javier Hernandez is one of the men on West Ham's radar, but the financial implications of signing the Mexico international are significant.

    On the surface, a £13 million deal to sign him seems good value in this market; however, I understand he would also command wages in the region of £140,000 per week.

    It is because of this that Los Angeles FC are having to rethink their plan to make him their marquee signing when their franchise kicks off in 2018.

    Ideally, 29-year-old Chicharito is believed to be keen on a Premier League return.

Andre Gray to Leave Burnley

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    Gray will be on the move soon, and Burnley will pick up around £15 million for their striker.

    The Clarets have had plenty of interest in Gray over the past month, and I understand he is edging closer to the exit door.

    Newcastle United, Tottenham and Everton are three potential destinations for the front man.

    Gray scored nine goals from 32 Premier League outings last season.