Everton have been linked with a £3m swoop for Lillestrom’s Icelandic prodigy Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson, though recently relegated Wolverhampton Wanderers are also credited with interest in the striker.
Everton splashed the cash to sign Croatia striker Nikica Jelavic from Glasgow Rangers in January, spending £5m in the process – and the signing has paid huge dividends so far, with Jelavic banging in 11 goals from just 16 appearances. However, Jermaine Beckford and Yakubu were sold last summer and their replacement, Argentinian loanee Denis Straqualursi, is heading back to his homeland.
Wolves meanwhile are adjusting to life in the Championship and new manager Stale Solbakken will want to stamp his mark on the team, whilst they could lose Kevin Doyle and Steven Fletcher this summer. Striking options are essential for Wolves this summer and Solbakken, a former Lillestrom player himself, will have an extensive knowledge of the talent in his native Norway.
Sigurdarson has been a regular in the Iceland Under 21 team but has now made the step up to the first team, gaining his first cap this year. He’s still only 21 but at 6’1″, he’s a physically imposing player and possesses great speed for his size. He’s clearly by no means the finished article, but a move to England could aid his development – if he’s in the right situation.
If he’s coming to England, moves to Everton or Wolves would help him. At Everton, he wouldn’t have great expectation on his shoulders as Jelavic will be the main striker, but Sigurdarson would see an ample amount of game time and hopefully develop into a good striker for Everton. If he went to Wolves, he would be cutting his teeth in the 2nd tier of English football and this would prepare him perfectly for the eventual step up to the Premier League.
Both situations can be beneficial for the long term development of an intriguing prospect. Sigurdarson is clearly quite raw and would be a developmental prospect, but for £3m, this is a relatively low risk, potentially high reward signing for either team.