Signed from under the noses of Liverpool, Gyfli Sigurdsson's performances in the Premier League while on loan at Swansea City for the latter half of the 2011-12 season impressed enough to bring him back to England.
His goals and creative play with the Swans was a stand-out feature of their first season back in the top flight and when it became clear that Hoffenheim would need to sell him, Spurs managed to pull of a coup in snapping him up ahead of other Premier League rivals.
Sigurdsson's early footballing career was spent with local teams HR and Breioablik in their youth teams until he went to England to try his luck and following trials with Preston North End and Arsenal, he was signed up to play in Reading's youth team in 2005. After two seasons at the Madjeski, he was promoted to a full professional.
Made his Royals debut at the start of the 2008-09 season, but as a teenager, Gylfi went out on loan twice that campaign to Shrewsbury Town and Crewe Alexandra to gain experience.
Having scored 20 goals for Reading in the 2009-10 season and been voted the club's Player of the Year, he attracted the interest of 1899 Hoffenheim, as well as English clubs, but a Reading record sale fee was accepted and the player was on his way to Germany.
Despite ten goals and being voted Player of the Season by the fans in his first season, Sigurdsson was not an automatic selection for the team the following campaign and there were rumours he would seek a move away. But his career took him to the Premier League, where he signed a five month loan deal with Swansea City, newly promoted to the Premiership for the first time. Gylfi made an immediate impact on hsi Swans debut, creating a goal for Danny Graham in a 3-2 home win over Arsenal and he went on to show what he could do in the remainder of the season, scoring a few goals and creating more. One of his strikes was a memorable 25 yarder against Spurs at White Hart Lane that pulled Swansea back level in the match, but they ended up losing 3-1.
Despite a £6.8 million fee being arranged with the Swans for his permanent transfer, the manager Brendon Rodgers left for Liverpool and with him went the opportunity for the South Wales club to sign him.
Spurs stepped in and although his former manager wanted him to join up with him again, this time at Anfield, he opted for Tottenham and became new manager Andre Villas-Boas' first signing.
During the 2012-13 season, Gylfi struggled to pin down a permanent place in the first team, as he did not get a good run of games with the team adapting to the manager's new style of play, but his appearances provided the team with an energy and as he became more used to his team-mates, he began to show some of the form of the previous campaign making goals for colleagues and getting into positions in and around the box, which the club hoped he would do. Unfortunately, we never saw the best of Gylfi and under the new management of Mauricio Pochettino, he was viewed as expendable, with a move to his former loan club Swansea City facilitating moves for Michel Vorm and Ben Davies to Tottenham.
Gylfi helped keep Swansea in the top flight in 2016-17, but they could not hold onto him in the face of a £45 million offer from Everton for the Icelandic midfielder.
Away from football, Sigurdsson became chairman of a fishing company - Lotna ehf - back home in Iceland in 2011.