'Brother' shares photo of a young Gylfi Sigurdsson stood by Dixie Dean statue wearing Everton colours

General view outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on May 12, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Sigurdsson completed a club-record £45 million move to Everton on Wednesday.

Gylfi Sigurdsson's affiliation with Everton began as long ago as 16 years - a man purporting to be the new Toffees recruit's brother has claimed on Twitter.

Sigurdsson completed a club-record £45 million move from Swansea on Wednesday, having been pursued by Everton for much of the summer.

But according to @OliMarSig on Twitter, Sigurdsson first represented the Merseyside club at a 2001 tournament in Germany.

Alongside two images of the Iceland international - one taken on Tuesday and another as a youngster, beside the statue of Everton legend Dixie Dean - he wrote: "Back in blue".

And in a separate tweet, he added: "(Sigurdsson) trained for a week with Everton, got to be a ball boy at Goodison and later went with Everton to Germany for a tournament.

"Once a blue..."

Though nothing came of Sigurdsson's early Everton experience, he returned to England four years later and signed for Reading on an academy scholarship.

After progressing through the Royals' ranks, the now 27-year-old later played for Hoffenheim, Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur, from whom the Welsh side re-acquired him in 2014.

Gylfi Sigurdsson of Swansea City during the pre season friendly match between Barnet and Swansea City at The Hive on July 12, 2017 in Barnet, England.Gylfi Sigurdsson in action for Swansea City

In total, Sigurdsson has appeared 182 times in England's Premier League, scoring 42 goals and providing 34 assists.

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