Tottenham Hotspur had lucky escape over '£4m bargain' Ragnar Sigurdsson

Eero Markkanen (L) of Finland vies with Ragnar Sigurdsson of Iceland during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Finland and Iceland in Tampere on September 2, 2017.

Tottenham had been linked to now departed Fulham flop.

Eero Markkanen (L) of Finland vies with Ragnar Sigurdsson of Iceland during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Finland and Iceland in Tampere on September 2, 2017.

While it is correct to question some of the transfer decisions Tottenham have made recently (snubbing James Maddison at under £5m and now wanting to buy him at £20m) it is also fair to praise them for the right calls.

One of these was undoubtedly snubbing the opportunity to sign Iceland defender Ragnar Sigurdsson.

Sigurdsson was one of the stars at Euro 2016, and inspired his country to a quarter-final place at the expense of England.

The Guardian reported at the time that Tottenham Hotspur were impressed and showing an interest in the centre-back.

Tjaronn Chery of QPR tackles with Ragnar Sigurdsson of Fulham during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Queens Park Rangers at Craven Cottage on October 1, 2016 in London,...

Sigurdsson did end up making a move to London, but Tottenham passed on him, and it was Championship side Fulham who took the plunge at £4 million.

For £4 million Sigurdsson should have been a bargain, but it has not worked out that way.

Yesterday he was sold by Fulham to Russian side FC Rostov after a disappointing 18 months.

Ragnar Sigurdsson (r) of FC Rubin Kazan vies for the ball with Pontus Wernbloom (c) PFC CSKA Moscow during the Russian Premier League match between FC Rubin Kazan and PFC CSKA Moscow at...

Sigurdsson failed to hold down a place in Fulham's team, playing less than half the games in his debut season in the Championship.

The defender was loaned out to Rubin Kazan for the first half of this season, and has now been sold.

The dangers of buying a player off the back of an international tournament is evident, and Fulham should be kicking themselves.

Tottenham made this serious error spectacularly with Moussa Sissoko, but at least they did not double down and sign Sigurdsson too.

 

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