30 Jun 2016

Contact Made: Liverpool keen to sign 'fantastic' Euro 2016 powerhouse in cut-price £5m deal

With Martin Skrtel on the verge of leaving Anfield, and Kolo Toure already released, there appears to be a vacancy for a central defender at Liverpool, and the latest name to enter the fray is Iceland centre-half Ragnar Sigurdsson.

According to The Guardian this week:

* Liverpool have 'expressed an interest' in signing £5m-rated Sigurdsson, who currently plays for FC Krasnodar in Russia.

* Sigurdsson wants a move to the Prem, and his representatives have already been 'sounded out' Spurs, Leicester, and LFC.

Some info about Sigurdsson, described recently by Iceland boss Lars Lagerback as 'fantastic':

* 30-year old central defender. Current contract expires: 2018. 60 apps for the Iceland national team.

* Krasnodar: 83 apps in the last 3 seasons (7 goals/assists).

* Suffered just one injury for his entire career. Never missed a game through injury.

* Jun 2016: After beating England at Euro 2016, Sigurdsson poured scorn on England's tactics: "We were just heading away long balls. I wasn't stressed in the second half."

With Matip, Lovren, and Sakho on the books, central defence doesn't appear to be a huge priority for Liverpool right now, but it arguably makes sense to bring in another experienced option to cover injuries and/or a possible ban for Sakho.

Will Sigurdsson be happy with being a bench player, though? He's a regular starter in Russia, but at the age of 30, this may be his last chance to experience the Premier League.

I suspect he'll sign for whatever club gives him the most assurances of regular first-team football, and I doubt that'll be Liverpool. Leicester is his most likely destination, especially with the added bonus of Champions League football on the table.


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