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Published: 16:53 | 2/8/16

Everton sign Gueye

Everton have completed the signing of Idrissa Gueye from Aston Villa.

The 26-year-old made a name for himself during his time with Ligue 1 side Lille where he made 134 appearances before making the move to Villa Park in July 2015.

He went on to make 38 appearances as the club were relegated to the Championship and Everton have agreed to meet the £7.1million release clause in Gueye's contract.

“I am very happy to be here at Everton and I am very happy and excited to put on the Blue shirt to start the new season here," he told the club's official website.

“Everton is a big team with big players and great fans. The manager told me he is very happy to have me here and that we will have time to talk about football after.

"I am a defensive midfield player and I like making passes and also getting forward.

“I have played a season with Aston Villa which was a hard season but I think my style is good for the Premier League. You have to fight every game. All the teams are strong and you have to concentrate all through the game.

“Goodison Park is a very good stadium and the fans are very good, too. They push their team forward and I am excited to play there.”

Manager Ronald Koeman added: “Idrissa will provide quality in our squad in the midfield and we want to increase the quality in the team. He was one of the players last season with the best record in interceptions and pressing in the midfield. We need this kind of quality and I’m happy to have him joining our Club.”

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