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Kean striving to be a big hit after joining Everton in a £25m deal

 

Rising star: Moise Kean made his Juventus debut aged 16
Rising star: Moise Kean made his Juventus debut aged 16

By Nick Purewal

Everton have signed teenage Italy striker Moise Kean from Juventus.

The 19-year-old has signed a five-year deal with the Toffees, to become the club's fifth summer signing.

The highly-rated hitman scored six goals in 13 appearances in helping Juventus claim last term's Serie A title, having made his club debut as a 16-year-old. The Italian club said the fee was an initial €27.5m (£25.1m).

"I am very proud and honoured to wear the Everton shirt; I will give my best to this team," said Kean. "I was convinced to sign because Everton is a club looking to the future and so am I.

"I know about the size of the club. It has big ambition and I will work very hard to help us fulfil what we want to achieve.

"I am used to winning and I want to bring this winning attitude to the team. I hope I will be very good on the field and bring the fans joy."

Kean became Italy's youngest senior national team scorer since 1958 when netting against Finland on his full senior debut, aged just 19 years and 23 days.

He was subjected to racist abuse during Juventus' 2-0 Serie A win at Cagliari in April, holding his arms aloft to the crowd after scoring in response.

Everton have already recruited Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph, Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Jonas Lossl this summer.

Now the Toffees hope the livewire frontman will add a significant boost to their squad ahead of the new Premier League campaign.

"A striker was one of our priority signings this summer," said Everton manager Marco Silva.

"Moise is strong, fast, with many good qualities as a striker and he is just 19. He has talent and he is ready to work, ready to improve our squad and gives us different solutions.

"Of course he was at a big club, now he's come to another big club and is ready to fight for this challenge and to give everything to Everton Football Club."

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