Anfield boss set to sign goal-scoring midfielder.
LIVERPOOL are closing in on their first signing of the summer, with Gylfi Sigurdsson edging ever nearer to a move to Anfield.
The Post understands the Hoffenheim midfielder has informed new Reds boss Brendan Rodgers that he would like to join him on Merseyside, and that a deal for the Icelandic international could now go through this week, provided personal terms are agreed, and a medical examination is passed.
It is understood that he will speak to Sigurdsson by telephone, but Swansea are resigned to missing out on a player who netted seven goals in 19 appearances during a productive end to the last campaign.
Liverpool would be expected to pay a fee of around £8m, with Swansea having negotiated a discounted price as part of his loan arrangement back in January.
SOURCE: Liverpool Daily Post
Brendan Rodgers knows Gylfi Sigurdsson very well, both from his time in charge at Reading and last term when he was Swansea City boss, and it is growing increasingly likely that the Northern Irishman is set to link up with the impressive young Icelandic midfielder.
The 22 year old has made it fairly clear that he is keen on a move to Anfield and an £8m move to the Merseyside club is on the cards, despite reported interest from a number of other Premier League sides.
Sigurdsson is a type of player Liverpool badly need. Despite the signing of a number of midfield and attacking signings over the past 18 months the club still lacks a cutting edge and creativity linking midfield and attack. The likes of Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing have failed to deliver in terms of both goals and assists.
The Hoffenheim man showed last term during his half season loan at the Liberty Stadium that he can be a very effective performer who could excel in a Liverpool side this coming season and at £8m he is a cost effective addition to a squad that could well do with intelligent investment.