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Koeman says Everton are 'close' on Sigurdsson deal

Koeman says Everton are close to signing Sigurdsson. Credit: PA

Ronald Koeman is confident Everton are close to striking a deal with Swansea for playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Swansea are thought to be holding out for £50million and their manager Paul Clement has suggested negotiations are currently at an impasse.

But Koeman claimed last weekend a deal could be imminent and he still feels that is the case.

Koeman said: "It's still close. That has not changed. I heard some rumours that talks had broken down but still we are in negotiations with Swansea.

"I heard the comments of Paul Clement, the manager of Swansea, and of course everybody would like to have news.

"That is better for us, better for them, but everybody knows the window is difficult. It is always a game between the buying club and the selling club but we are close and let's hope we get the agreement as soon as possible.

"We are not in a hurry but finally we hope to do the deal."

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Montero fit and ready to aid Swansea in relegation fight

Jefferson Montero is fit again and ready to help Swansea battle against the drop Credit: PA

Jefferson Montero has declared himself ready to rejoin Swansea's battle for Premier League survival.

The Ecuador winger has been plagued by injuries this season and has not featured since the 4-1 Boxing Day defeat to West Ham, making only two league starts this season and not featuring under new boss Paul Clement as yet.

But Montero made his comeback as Swansea's Under-23 side sealed the Premier League 2 title against Wolves on Monday night.

And the 27-year-old has set his sights on Saturday's huge trip to relegation rivals Bournemouth, with Swansea currently three points above the drop zone, telling the official club website that he's ready to play his part.

I was very happy to be back on the pitch. It's been a very difficult season for me.

I was out for four weeks with a broken hand and then another 10 weeks with the hamstring injury. It's been very frustrating.

There is obviously a big difference between training and playing. The team has done really well since the new head coach has come in. Training has been tough and intense, but he's given everyone confidence and the rewards have come on the pitch.

Now with 27 points we have a chance (to stay up).

Mentally I am strong. I'm determined to fight my way back into the first-team frame and play my part in helping the club secure its Premier League status.

– Jefferson Montero

Swansea sign Eidur Gudjohnsen's half-brother Arnor

Eidur Gudjohnsen's half-brother Arnor Borg has signed for Swansea Credit: PA

Swansea have signed the 16-year-old half-brother of former Chelsea and Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Arnor Borg Gudjohnsen has joined Swansea's academy on a two-year scholarship from Icelandic club Breidablik UBK.

Gudjohnsen, who plays in the number 10 position behind the main striker, impressed during trials at the Premier League club earlier this year.

The teenager is the son of Arnor Gudjohnsen, who played for Anderlecht, Lokeren and Bordeaux during a 23-year senior career and won 73 caps for Iceland.

And his half-brother Eidur—who is 22 years older than him—became Iceland's greatest football export in a glittering spell in club football. Gudjohnsen won the Premier League at Chelsea, LaLiga and the Champions League at Barcelona and ended his 88-cap Iceland career at Euro 2016 last summer.

The Gudjohnsens created football history when Eidur came off the bench to replace his father in Iceland's 3-0 friendly victory over Estonia in April 1996.

Gudjohnsen's arrival strengthens the Icelandic bond at Swansea where Gylfi Sigurdsson is arguably the club's best player. Sigurdsson helped Iceland reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 and has been in outstanding form this season.

The 27-year-old has a Premier League-high of 11 assists to his name, as well as scoring nine goals in Swansea's battle to beat the drop.

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Swansea boss desperate to keep hold of Llorente

Llorente scored two at Anfield to secure his side's win. Credit: PA

Swansea manager Paul Clement is determined to hang on to striker Fernando Llorente as he believes he is crucial to their survival battle.

The Spaniard is a reported target for Chelsea but after two goals in the shock 3-2 win at Liverpool, taking his tally to seven in the last 10 league games, Clement has no intention of letting him leave.

"He played very well today. Am I afraid to lose him? I want to keep him here and the reason I want to keep him here is what he showed today," he said.

"I think his performance was very good. The first time I was involved in this team was Crystal Palace and he showed all the qualities he had in that game.

"If you get the right kind of service into him he is a goalscorer but you have to give him service."

Three points at Anfield was a huge boost for the Swans, who began the day bottom of the league but only one point from safety, and Clement insists they will not throw in the towel in their quest to retain top-flight status.

"I think the mindset in the group, since I've been in, is anything is possible," he added.

Paul Clement set to be appointed Swansea boss

Swansea are set to appoint Paul Clement as their new manager, Press Association Sport understands.

Clement, the former Derby boss and current Bayern Munich assistant, has been in talks with Swansea over the last 24 hours to become the club's third manager of the season.

And it is understood that the deal could be finalised over the next 48 hours before Swansea - who will head into 2017 bottom of the Premier League - visit Crystal Palace on Tuesday.

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