Alan Pardew makes bold statement about prime West Ham target Gylfi Sigurdsson, has his price just gone up

Iceland's Gylfi Sigurdsson attends a news conference

West Ham United need to get it right in the summer transfer market and have been linked with a move for Swansea City star Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Swansea City's Gylfi SigurdssonSwansea City's Gylfi Sigurdsson

The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has enjoyed another superb season netting 10 goals and providing 11 assists despite playing in a Swansea side who look increasingly likely to be relegated.

That would suit West Ham's interests in their pursuit of the Icelander - as reported by the likes of The Mirror.

But it won't help that former Hammers boss Alan Pardew has declared Sigurdsson to be the best number 10 outside of the top six clubs following another big performance and trademark free-kick against Manchester United at the weekend.

Appearing as a guest on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football, Pardew - who was sacked as Crystal Palace manager earlier this season - made the bold statement about the ex Reading man.

"For me he (Sigurdsson) is the best number 10 outside of the top six, he's that good," Pardew told Sky Sports' MNF.

Crystal Palace manager Alan PardewAlan Pardew clearly rates Sigurdsson

"The kind of figures he gets in terms of goals and assists, some number 10s at the top clubs don't get those."

According to The Mirror, Sigurdsson is seen as an ideal fit for Hammers boss Slaven Bilic after the club lost influential playmaker Dimitri Payet when he forced a move back to Marseille in January.

 

West Ham United's Dimitri Payet shakes the hand of West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic after he is substituted offWest Ham United manager Slaven Bilic must replace Payet

The report claims the Hammers will make a serious move for the 27-year-old in the summer as they look to overhaul the squad following a disappointing season of recruitment and performance levels.

Everton are also said to be interested and it would be in the Swans' interest to spark a bidding war for the midfielder come the summer should they drop into the Championship.

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