Everton have completed the signing of Abdoulaye Doucoure from Watford for an undisclosed fee.
The midfielder has signed a three-year contract at Goodison Park, with the option for a further year.
He becomes Everton’s latest high-profile summer signing after they also completed deals for Allan and James Rodriguez in recent days.
Reports last week suggested the fee for Doucoure is in the region of £25m.
Doucoure has more than 100 Premier League appearances to his name and had been a target for Everton last summer. Now, they have finally got their man.
The Frenchman told the club’s website why Everton was the only team he was interested in joining this year.
“I have been waiting a long time to come here and now it has happened so I am very happy,” Doucoure told evertonfc.com.
“I had some interest from other clubs but from the beginning when Everton showed an interest in me I told my agent to focus on Everton. It was the only club I wanted to join.
“Everton has a big history in English football and it is a good club for me to have a step up in my career.
“I am very happy now to be an Everton player and very excited for the future.”
Doucoure vows to bring energy and goals
The 27-year-old, who had been at Watford since 2016, then highlighted what he can add to the current Everton team.
“I can bring my energy – I am a powerful player, I can run a lot, all the game,” he said.
“I can add goals as well. I will try my best to score goals and help the team.
“It is an ambitious project here and it was a big part of my decision, having [Director of Football] Marcel [Brands] and the coach Carlo Ancelotti wanting me.
“When you come to a club you want the manager and, of course, the Board to support you.
“It was the case with Everton and I was very eager to come here.”
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