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Reading failed with Sigurdsson bids

Reading manager Brian McDermott says the club were close to signing Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson late on transfer deadline day.

The Iceland international, who came through the ranks at Reading, has struggled to hold down a first- team place at Tottenham after his move from Hoffenheim in the off-season.

Speaking on Friday, McDermott said Reading came close to re-signing Sigurdsson late on Thursday.

“We tried to bring him back,” he told reporters. “We had spoken to Spurs and we made three offers.

“I thought at one stage we had a real chance of doing a deal, but unfortunately, we couldn’t manage to do it.

“Gylfi is a Tottenham player, but we’ve know him since he was 13 years old and it would have been great to bring him back.”

McDermott has worked hard this week in an effort to bring in some new faces at the Madejski along with director of football Nick Hammond and the club’s owner Anton Zingarevich.

“I haven’t had a lot of sleep in the last three days,” he said.

“After the Chelsea game I watched the tape back and went to bed at about 3.45am – I got up at 7am and then came to work. Then last night I left here at 11.15pm.”

Fri 1 Feb, 2013
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