Date:Thursday June 28 2012
Swansea City have given up their efforts in trying to sign former loanee midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Chairman Huw Jenkins has all but ruled out a return for the 22 year-old as they simply cannot compete and offer the same big money as Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
The two Premier League clubs are battling it out for the talented Goalscorer, but he will have to make a move soon as his 30th June deadline is quickly approaching.
His German club Hoffenheim have given him until the end of the month to decide on his future, otherwise he'll join up with his team mates for the start of pre-season training with the Bundesliga outfit.
Sigurdsson looked like staying at the Liberty Stadium when the Swans had a £6.8m fee agreed, but Rodgers' move to Liverpool skippered their chances of landing the youngster.
While it looked like he was set to follow Rodgers to Liverpool, Sprs have now emerged as the latest favourites to sign the Icelandic player.
Jenkins explained that new manager Michael Laudrup believes the money we clouded have spent on Sigurdsson could be spent elsewhere on players this Summer:
"Gylfi was a signing that was on the cards when Brendan was with us. Once Brendan decided to embark down a different route then that signing always looked unlikely," said Jenkins.
"The bid was there but nothing has been discussed since; our focus was on bringing in the new manager.
"The delay in signing Gylfi - probably three weeks - meant I believed it was the right thing not to push that signing. It was the right thing to wait and make a joint decision.
"It was left and Michael`s thoughts are with that sort of transfer fee we were about to commit to, with wages and fees involved, then it`s a general discussion on what else you can spend that money on.
Jenkins added that Laudrup will get the opportunity and freedom to buy the players he wants.
"Michael should be given the opportunity to look himself and make decisions on what he wants. He can stamp his own authority and own policy on players and the team.
"Looking at Gylfi - and perhaps Steven Caulker - they were last year`s players.
"They did very well for us but time moves on.
"We`re in a new era with Michael Laudrup in charge."
"It is Michael`s chance to consider the options and make the right decisions."
Date:Thursday June 28 2012
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