Everton sign Davy Klaassen on a £23.6 million deal

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Everton have completed the signing of Dutch midfielder Davy Klaassen on a five-year deal, signing a contract worth £23.6 million.

Klaassen became the second major signing for the Toffees following the transfer of Jordan Pickford for a British record fee of £25 million for a goalkeeper.

Klaassen made his first team debut for Ajax in 2011 and since then has gone on to make 180 appearances for the club over the past six seasons, winning three Eredivisie titles in the process.

He played a crucial role for his side last season scoring 20 goals in 50 appearances across all competitions as Ajax finished runners-up in the league and went on to reach the Europa League final.

Speaking in an interview with the club’s official website, Klaassen said:

“The moment that I spoke with the manager directly I got a good feeling. He’s an honest guy, we talked about the club, about the way he wants to play and that gave me a positive feeling.”

“I talked to him about the club and everything we want to achieve and he was really positive. It’s difficult to leave Ajax but I think this is a good step for me now and I’m really looking forward to my time here.”

Everton look to build on with a host of signings after Ronald Koeman’s first season in charge saw them finish seventh in the Premier League and thus, qualify for the Europa League. AC Milan striker M’Baye Niang is set to be the next major signing after he was spotted at Finch Farm.

Koeman expressed his views on the new signing saying:

“He is a player who is only 24 but has a lot of experience and is a leader on the pitch. He has already captained Ajax for two seasons and that shows you the type of person he is.”

“He is hardworking, likes to press and, of course, will give us more creativity and goals.”