Everton have signed midfielder Idrissa Gueye from Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee.
The 26-year-old has joined on a four-year deal, after being one of the few Villans players to impress during their dreadful campaign last season.
This is the Toffees’ first outfield signing of the summer, with goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg being the only other arrival at Goodison Park.
It is also the first signing since the Merseyside club appointed Steve Walsh as director of football.
On arriving at Goodison Park, Gueye said: ‘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.
‘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.’