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Everton Idrissa Gueye top quality capture, insists Ronald Koeman

By Staff Reporter

New Everton manager Ronald Koeman has completed the signing of his first outfield player after Idrissa Gueye joined the club from relegated Aston Villa.

The Toffees triggered the Senegal international's £7.1m buyout clause last week and the 26-year-old has agreed a four-year deal at Goodison Park.

Gueye is Koeman's second signing since he took over from the sacked Roberto Martinez in mid-June, having brought in Maarten Stekelenburg from Fulham.

"Idrissa will provide quality in the midfield and we want to increase the quality in the team," said Koeman. "He was one of the players last season with the best record in interceptions and pressing in midfield. We need this kind of quality and I'm happy to have him joining our club."

Gueye was second only to Leicester's Premier League-winning N'Golo Kante in terms of the number of combined interceptions and tackles made across Europe's top five leagues.

"I am very happy to be here at Everton and I am excited to put on the Blue shirt to start the new season here," he said. "I have played a season with Villa which was hard but my style is good for the Premier League."

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