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Reading failed with record bid for Tottenham's Sigurdsson

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By James McLean

Friday 01 February 2013

Brian McDermott has revealed that Reading made a deadline day bid for Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, according to BBC Sport.

Gylfi Sigurdsson in action against Reading

The 23-year-old Iceland international, who joined Spurs last summer following a successful loan spell at fellow Premier League outfit Swansea, was the subject of a club record £10m offer from the Royals, but the North Londoners were resolute in their refusal to sell the player.

The deal would have seen the former Hoffenheim star return to the Madejski Stadium, where he made 42 appearances and scored 20 goals during a two year stint at the Royals from 2008 until 2010.

Speaking to BBC Radio Berkshire, McDermott said: “We sat around last night, we tried to do a deal and we couldn't do it. We were all excited about the possibility of Gylfi coming back but unfortunately he is a Tottenham player.

It didn't happen. We made three offers and you have to give credit to the owner because he tried to make that happen for us and we couldn't quite get it over the line.

"We were all excited about the possibility of Gylfi coming back but unfortunately he is a Tottenham player and he is a good Tottenham player.

Sigurdsson has struggled to cement a place in the first team at White Hart Lane having started just six times thus far this season, and the collapse of the deal saw Reading’s pursuit of an attacking midfielder during the January window end in disappointment.

The Royals were heavily linked with a move for Blackpool’s coveted starlet Tom Ince, and also conducted talks with Chelsea’s former West Ham midfielder Yossi Benayoun, though these also proved ultimately in vain.

Reading did have some joy during the winter window, however, having brought four new faces into the fray at the Madejski. Daniel Carrico arrived from Sporting Lisbon, Stephen Kelly followed close behind from Fulham, Hope Akpan arrived from Crawley and Nick Blackman joined from Sheffield United.

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