CONFIRMED! Everton sign Yannick Bolasie from Crystal Palace on five-year deal

15 Aug

Everton have completed the signing of Yannick Bolasie from Crystal Palace.

The 27-year-old winger has signed a five-year deal with the Merseysiders after a £25m fee was agreed with Palace.

Bolasie the fourth signing by Everton boss Ronald Koeman this summer, following deals for Maarten Stekelenburg, Idrissa Gueye and Ashley Williams.

“I’m looking forward to putting on the Everton shirt,” Bolasie said.

“This is a big club and I know all about it from having played against them over the years.

“For me, it was a no-brainer to come here. But now that I’ve come to Everton, the job is not done. I’ve got to work hard and feel my way in. I’m ready and up for the challenge.

“It’s not about the money for me. It’s about looking at the ambition of the club and where they are trying to get to. I just like to play football.

“I just like to play football and it’s going to be really interesting to learn from someone like Ronald Koeman, who was obviously a top centre-back as a player and he played with some of the best players in the world.

“The club has made good signings, players like Ashley Williams who I know well – and I know that I’ve joined a club that not only has lots of quality players but one that produces lots of quality players, like Ross Barkley, as well.

“This season is going to be very interesting and I’m looking forward to being part of it here at Everton.”

Bolasie made 143 appearances for Palace, scoring 13 goals, in a four-year spell at Selhurst Park.

His last outing for the Eagles came as a substitute in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to West Brom on the opening day of the new Premier League season.

Koeman said of his new signing: “Yannick is a player who has been a long time on my radar because he’s the type of winger I like – fast, strong and he can play different positions in the forward line. He’s a really good signing for the club.

“At 27, he’s a good age and he has experience in the Premier League. He will give strength to the team and I’m very pleased to have Yannick as part of what we are trying to build here at Everton.”


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