Siggy Sig Ahhhhhhhhhh
Wow, another one of the rumours I posted last week has become fact. Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the signing of attacking midfielder and set-piece specialist (oh, and fantasy manager's dream) Gylfi Sigurdsson from Hoffenheim.
The club said in a statement: "We are delighted to announce that we have completed the transfer of Gylfi Sigurdsson from Hoffenheim". No price was specified but it's believed to be around the £9 million mark and he represents Andre Villas-Boas' first signing as Tottenham's new Head Coach.
Spurs will be delighted to have beaten off competition from Liverpool for his signature after he was previously linked with a reunion with Brendan Rodgers at Anfield. The 22-year-old scored seven times in 19 appearances for Swansea last term and also picked up the Barclays Player of the Month award for March.
I must admit that I feel slightly sorry for Swansea, who probably deserved to secure the transfer after taking him on loan last season, but from a selfish point of view I'm really pleased. Unfortunately I can't help but sense this could be the end for Rafael van der Vaart - repeatedly linked to a move back to Germany - with his fitness an increasing concern and with both players very similar in style and likely to want to play in a similar position behind a lone striker.
Next stop, Jan Vertonghen ...