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Rodgers may swoop for Sigurdsson

New Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has hinted he could make a move to sign Gylfi Sigurdsson, who looked destined to seal a permanent deal at his former club Swansea City.

• Swans strike Sigurdsson deal

Sigurdsson, 22, enjoyed an impressive loan spell at Swansea this season and the Welsh club announced this week they have agreed a fee to land the midfielder from Hoffenheim.

The deal, though, is yet to be rubber-stamped, and Rodgers, who was appointed as Reds boss on Friday, has suggested he could look to bring the Iceland international to Anfield.

Rodgers cannot sign any Swansea players for 12 months, courtesy of an agreement struck during his switch from the Welsh club to Liverpool. However, he is ready to pounce for Sigurdsson if the player pulls out of his move to the Liberty Stadium.

"Gylfi came to Swansea because I was there as manager and his scoring record was fantastic," he told various Sunday newspapers.

"I pushed the club to make an agreement [to sign Sigurdsson permanently] and they did that in terms of the fee - and agreed the salary. So I have said to Huw: 'I'm not going to do anything untoward. This is a guy you want, but it is down to Gylfi'.

"If he comes on the market I have to be interested. He knows that I rate his qualities and abilities.

"I said to Huw: 'If I speak to the kid I'll tell him to speak to the new manager, whoever that is'. But if he's not comfortable with that, he's in the market place then - and I have to look at him."

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