Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers' first summer signing will be Gylfi Sigurdsson, according to the Daily Mirror.

Sigurdsson had been close to sealing a switch to Swansea, where he spent half the season on loan under former-Swans boss Rodgers. But since the Northern Irishman's move to Anfield, the Reds have been strongly linked with a late move for the Hoffenheim star.

And the prospect of playing under Rodgers is thought to have been enough to persuade Sigurdsson to scrap his Liberty Stadium switch and instead opt to rejoin Rodgers on Merseyside.

The creative midfielder was close to a £6.8m transfer to Swansea after impressing on loan from the Bundesliga club Hoffenheim, and the Swans were keen to sign the Icelandic star on a permanent basis.

But the managerial changes have given Sigurdsson second thoughts. The 22-year-old wants to show respect to the club which helped him rebuild his Premier League reputation by meeting the Swans new manager first, before putting the finishing touches on his move to Liverpool.

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins is continuing his search for Rodgers' replacement, but is thought to be closing in on his preferred candidate, believed to be former Denmark star Michael Laudrup.

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