Rodgers reveals wage demands scuppered Gylfi Sigurdsson's Liverpool FC move
Feature by Liverpool Echo
Updated Thursday, 5th July 2012
Brendan Rodgers has revealed Liverpool were unwilling to match Gylfi Sigurdsson's wage demands after the midfielder snubbed a move to Anfield to join Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
The Icelandic international completed his protracted switch to White Hart Lane this week, having at one stage looked odds-on for a move to Merseyside. Spurs paid Hoffenheim a fee of around £8m for the 22-year-old's services.
Rodgers, who worked with Sigurdsson at Reading and during a loan spell at Swansea last season, admitted he had held talks with the player about a transfer to Anfield, but said he was not willing to pay over the odds in order to secure a deal.
"I was quite relaxed about it," said the Reds boss. "Gylfi did fantastic for me at Swansea last season. I brought him in from Hoffenheim, where he wasn't playing, and he did very well. He scored 7 goals in 19 games, which was very good.
"He and I both sat and spoke. I believed playing football was going to be the most important aspect for him, but obviously it was important financially as well.
"We agreed a deal for him to go to Swansea, and that was wrapped up. I then became Liverpool manager, so that (Swansea move) was not going to happen. He then had a choice of where he wanted to go.
"I knew what the market was, and I wasn't prepared to pay anything over what I had known was agreed already."
Rodgers admitted he was disappointed to miss out on a player who would have added goals and dynamism to his midfield, but insists the club will now pursue other transfer targets.