Everton have completed the signing of midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin from Manchester United.
Schneiderlin had fallen out of favour at United under Jose Mourinho and has now sealed a four-and-a-half year deal that ties him to the Toffees until 2021.
Everton confirmed a transfer fee of an initial £20 million fee rising to £24m for the France international. United paid Southampton £24m for Schneiderlin in 2015.
The 27-year-old should be available to play against Manchester City on Sunday after reuniting with Everton boss Ronald Koeman, for whom he previously played at Southampton.
“Everton is a big club in the history of English football,” the midfielder said in an Everton statement. “I’ve always loved the atmosphere in the stadium. I’ve always liked playing here. I can’t wait to play and to represent this great club.
“There is a manager in place here that I know, I know he can get the best out of me, I know his style and how he likes to play football. He was very good with me from the start and I enjoyed playing football under him.
“He was very good for me and, obviously, he was a massive player in his playing days and you can only learn from the best. At Southampton he gave me some great advice to keep improving every day and it was a pleasure to work with him.
“We spoke since the time I knew Everton would be interested. I know his ambition and why he came here. He believes in this and I do, too. We are trying to achieve something here and this is what I am here for. I know the fans have big expectations and we’ll do everything to make them come true.
“When I spoke with the manager and the people in place at Everton I understood immediately that they have a very good plan for the future of the football club. I just want to play football. I want to put my print on this club and do everything to get Everton where it belongs.”
The midfielder had a difficult time at United, failing to nail down a regular spot under former boss Louis van Gaal, and then being rarely used by his predecessor Mourinho after he took over last summer.
He made just three Premier League appearances this season, with none of them from the start for United, and Koeman is hopeful the move to Goodison Park will bring out the best in the midfielder as he puts his Mourinho nightmare behind him.
“Morgan is really hungry to show his qualities and to play because that is the best thing for a football player,” Koeman said. “You are born as a football player to play games, not to sit on the bench or not be part of the team. But this is a new step, it’s a new future and he will show his qualities. I am convinced of that.”
United said in a statement: “Everyone at Manchester United would like to wish Morgan all the best for the future,”
Shortly after completing the Schneiderlin deal, Everton confirmed that Tom Cleverley has joined Watford on loan for the rest of the season with a view to a permanent deal.
Sources have said that Everton held talks with United winger Memphis Depay last month, though Mourinho said last week that the move was not close to completion.
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