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Sweet deal: Gibson confirmed as a Toffee

The 24-year-old Irish midfielder has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with Everton.

Gibson is unveiled by the club today.
Gibson is unveiled by the club today.
Image: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

DARRON GIBSON HAS made the move to Everton, it has been confirmed.

The 24-year-old has signed a 4-and-a-half-year deal with the Toffees after passing a medical last night and Manchester United will receive an undisclosed fee, which is believed to be in the region of €2m, for the midfielder.

He becomes the second player to join the club during this transfer window following Landon Donovan’s short-term loan from LA Galaxy.

It’s a great club with great fans and hopefully I can improve Everton,” he said on their website. “I think I’m a goalscoring midfielder and hopefully I can get a few goals.”

Gibson, who was out of contract at the end of the season, leaves Old Trafford having had a particularly frustrating season so far.

His first Premier League start only arrived on St Stephen’s Day and he has not featured for United since after being disciplined by the club for his actions later that night.

He had also become the butt of some United fans’ jokes who didn’t rate him as being talented enough to play for the Premier League champions.

A look at their official Facebook page, where nearly 17,000 fans have ‘liked’ the news, may suggest that many believe his departure is for the best.

I was very frustrated [at Manchester United],” he added. “I think it was the right time for me to move on and I’m looking forward to my time here.”

The switch could be a major boost for Gibson’s chances of playing at this summer’s European Championships if he can get regular game-time with David Moyes’s men.

Everton’s website revealed that the Derry-born player will wear the number 4 shirt and he could be in line to face Robbie Keane’s Aston Villa tomorrow.

Gibson will also link up with former United players such as Tim Howard, Phil Neville and Louis Saha.

French striker Saha welcomed his move by tweeting the shout which was often heard ringing around Old Trafford when Gibson, who is known for having a powerful shot, came into possession in the opposition’s half.

Here’s Manchester United’s Facebook page:


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