Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Icelandic international midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is on the club’s transfer radar.
However, the former Swansea City boss reaffirmed his stance on the player’s potential transfer activity this month, confirming that the Welsh club will have the first chance to sign the player if he leaves Hoffenheim.
Rodgers successfully brought the player back to the Premier League last season on a short-term loan, and the former Reading star was an instant hit at the Liberty Stadium with both goals and assists for the Swans.
Sigurdsson’s performances earned him the Premier League Player of the Month in March, and he’s certain to be hot property in the eyes of the new Anfield chief.
"First and foremost, Gylfi is a Hoffenheim player. I took him on loan for the second half of last season and he did very, very well. He scored seven goals and made a real, positive contribution,” Rodgers told the official Liverpool website.
"I wanted to sign him for Swansea but, like I've said to him and his representatives, that has to be his first port of call. If he comes into the market for whatever reason - and I'm sure there'll be a number of clubs interested in Gylfi - then of course I would like to be in a position to put our case here at Liverpool to sign him.
"But I've always said, I think he's a player Swansea have had an agreement with and they have to have every chance to try and sign him. That's only right. If anything changes from that, we'll look at it from there."
Rodgers also confirmed that a number of other players are on his transfer radar, but that he’s eager to keep the names to himself before the start of the transfer window on July 1st.
The 39-year-old is eager to strengthen the squad ahead of a push towards the top four places in the Premier League next season, and has the perfect type of players in mind to help achieve that goal on Merseyside.
"I like to very much keep my counsel on potential targets. I think there are a few players who can come in and improve the group straight away,” he continued.
"I know the types of player I need to bring here to make us function well and that's something myself, the club and the board will look at.
"The problem with a club like Liverpool is they get linked with every player going. It looks like, with every player linked plus the players we've already got, we're going to have five or six teams next year.”