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Everton complete €28m signing of winger Yannick Bolasie

The 27-year-old DR Congo international arrives from Crystal Palace on a five-year deal.

EVERTON HAVE ANNOUNCED that Yannick Bolasie’s £25 million (€28m) transfer from Crystal Palace is complete.

The 27-year-old winger, an international with the Democratic Republic of Congo, signs a five-year deal with the Toffees and departs Palace after four years with the club.

Bolasie joins fellow new arrivals Maarten Stekelenburg, Idrissa Gana Gueye and Ashley Williams as well as youngsters Bassala Sambou and Chris Renshaw.

“I’m looking forward to putting on the Everton shirt,” Bolasie told evertontv. “This is a big club and I know all about it from having played against them over the years.

“For me, it was a no-brainer to come here. But now that I’ve come to Everton, the job is not done. I’ve got to work hard and feel my way in. I’m ready and up for the challenge.

“It’s not about the money for me. It’s about looking at the ambition of the club and where they are trying to get to. I just like to play football.

I just like to play football and it’s going to be really interesting to learn from someone like Ronald Koeman, who was obviously a top centre-back as a player and he played with some of the best players in the world.

“The club has made good signings, players like Ashley Williams who I know well – and I know that I’ve joined a club that not only has lots of quality players but one that produces lots of quality players, like Ross Barkley, as well.

“This season is going to be very interesting and I’m looking forward to being part of it here at Everton.”

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