Allen wants Sigurdsson to stay

On-loan midfielder creating a huge impression at Swansea

Gylfi Sigurdsson: On-loan midfielder has impressed Swansea City team-mate Joe Allen

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Joe Allen is hoping Swansea City can agree a deal to keep on-loan midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson at the Liberty Stadium next season.

Sigurdsson has created a huge impact at Swansea since joining the club in January from Hoffenheim and his double in Saturday's 3-0 win at Fulham took his tally to five goals.

The Iceland international has already suggested he does not want to return to Hoffenheim to sit on the bench, while Swans boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed his interest in a permanent deal.

Allen is enjoying playing alongside Sigurdsson and believes hanging on to the former Reading player must be a priority for Swansea.

"A goalscoring midfielder, as everyone knows, especially at this level, is like gold dust. It's a shame that he isn't our player."

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"Gylfi has slotted in better than anyone I've ever seen," said Allen. "Of the young players out there I don't think I've seen too many better than him.

"On Saturday he scored another two goals and, considering that's from a midfield position, that shows how good a player he really is.

"A goalscoring midfielder, as everyone knows, especially at this level, is like gold dust. It's a shame that he isn't our player.

"No doubt we will do everything we can to sign him and I think, if you ask him, he'd probably agree that he'd like to stay.

"He's with us until the end of the season and then we've got to take things from there. Keeping him is definitely one of the priorities.

"As a team we're gifted, but he really has quality. As well as that and as well as his goals, he proved that he's prepared to work for the team.

"He's been a really great signing for us."