Paul Clement frustrated at Gylfi Sigurdsson Everton saga

Gylfi Sigurdsson of Swansea City. Stu Forster  Getty Images

Gylfi Sigurdsson of Swansea City. Stu Forster Getty Images

Everton have brought in players including Wayne Rooney, Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaassen in a bid to break into the Premier League's top six after last season's seventh-place finish, while negotiations are ongoing with Swansea City for Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Everton boss Ronald Koeman, meanwhile, remains confident of getting a deal over the line. I spoke about [it being] really soon last weekend.

"There is no offer on the table for Ross, and that means he will stay at Everton".

"I heard some rumours that it has broken down", he said. I know for sure they have the best interest of the club in mind. "Let's wait, we're not in hurry but we finally hope to do a deal".

He said: "When you have a player who is contracted for three more years and there are other clubs interested in a very good player - and that has happened here before - we have a valuation of the player, as do the other club, and at the moment they have not met but at some point the objective is they will be met".

But he has taken a full part in training and, ahead of Swansea's first game, Clement underlined his willingness to see the deadlock ended. It's important to grow but it is hard because you need one or two big clubs struggling and then maybe you can make the next step.

Sources close to the deal have told me that the two clubs are around £5million apart in valuation - Swansea want an overall package worth £50million but Everton are thus far willing to go that high.

"We are in a critical stage and we hope it is resolved quickly".

"At the end of the transfer window, it's more realistic to speak about what is possible".

" One of the reasons I don't want to talk about other names is because unless something is done with Gylfi's situation there is no point saying anything", Clement said.

"Although this situation has dragged on it has not changed my focus about working with the players". And the best XI will start the game.

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