It’s been just days since Iceland knocked England out of the European Championships in France, and now the inevitable transfer rumors surrounding some of Iceland’s players are starting to emerge. Today, a report in the Guardian says that Tottenham Hotspur is interested in obtaining the services of central defender Ragnar Sigurdsson.
Sigurdsson has put in some wonderfully stout defensive performances for Iceland thus far in the Euros, and scored the equalizing goal in their knock-out round win over England on Monday. He currently plays for FC Krasnodar in the Russian Premier League and has Europa League experience. He’s 30 years old – a bit older than usual for Spurs targets in the past couple of years, but the Guardian suggests that it would probably take only €5m (£4.1m) to get him. He’s also being tracked by Leicester City, Liverpool (because of course), Schalke, and Wolfsburg.
I don’t hate this idea at all. Tottenham’s starting defensive line is set with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen the clear-cut starters, but they’re a little thin in cover, with only Kevin Wimmer an established back-up. Eric Dier could be dropped back in a pinch with Victor Wanyama rotating into his position, and it’s thought that youngster Cameron Carter-Vickers is likely to work his way into the team eventually. Even so, the idea of buying cheap defensive cover isn’t a bad one. There are plenty of matches to be played this season, and £4m (or less) is a pittance for an experienced, Europe-ready defender coming off of a very good Euros.
Plus his name is RAGNAR, which is a clear bonus. I’d buy a kit with that on the back.