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Published: 19:00 | 9/8/18

Late deals as transfer window closes


A number of clubs completed late transfers as the summer window drew to a close on Thursday.

The deadline was moved from August 31 to the eve of the new Premier League season following a vote by clubs but as the European window is open until the end of the month players could still be sold leaving clubs unable to sign a replacement.

AS the clock ticked towards the 5pm deadline, Everton announced the triple signing of Yerry Mina, Andre Gomes and Bernard.

Mina moved to Goodison Park in a £27million transfer from Barcelona along with Gomes, who has agreed a season-long loan.

"It is important that the Club want to fight for something,” Mina told evertontv. “This is why I am here.

“I have watched the Premier League for a long time. It is the best league in the world. This is a great opportunity for me and I am looking forward to competing here.

“I know about Everton’s players and I look forward to being able to play with my new team. I have spoken a lot to the coach and I know his passion for Everton and determination to be successful. I am also determined to do my best for Everton.”

Everton manager Marco Silva added: “Mina is a quality player, a good defender, strong in the challenge and in the duels. He has good knowledge of the position he plays and he is good on the ball as well. He will contribute in the build-up play and will also be very strong at defensive and offensive set-pieces.”

Gomes, meanwhile, will spend the season in the Premier League after agreeing to join the Toffees on loan.

“I’m delighted to sign for this fantastic club - it’s a good day for me,” said Gomes.

“Everton always was a big option for me, especially after speaking with the coach, Marco Silva. 

“Every discussion we’ve had was very important in making me feel his confidence about my game."

Elsewhere, Danny Ings secured a move away from Southampton after joining on a season-long loan, which will become permanent on July 1, 2019.

Ings joined the Reds from Burnley for £8m in 2015 but he has endured a nightmare time at Anfield, serious knee injuries restricting him to just 14 appearances in his first two seasons on Merseyside.

He returned to action for the final two months of the season, registering his first league goal for over 900 days as he opened the scoring in Liverpool's 2-2 draw at West Brom in April, and had been tipped by manager Jurgen Klopp to become a big player for the Reds.

However, despite having two years to run on his contract, Ings made it clear he wanted to play regularly and was allowed to pursue a move away from Anfield.

"When this football club came up, I had to take the opportunity to come home. It's a fantastic football club who play great football and I'm just happy here," Ings told the club's TV channel.

"You can tell that as a club it's very, very organised. From the start, everyone I've met has been fantastic with me and shown me every single detail I need to know. The facilities are great and I can't wait to get started."

Southampton manager Mark Hughes added: "There was significant competition for Danny, with a lot of clubs keen to complete a deal for him, so we're clearly delighted that he chose to join us.

"We have admired him for some time now, not only for his ability, but also his character and personality, which we feel will be an ideal fit in our dressing room.

"He's obviously a local boy, who gives us another excellent option up front.

"He didn't get to play as much as he would have liked at Liverpool, but he has been injury-free for some time now and has a real point to prove."

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