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Richarlison is eager to repay Everton's faith

 

By Carl Markham

Everton have completed the signing of Richarlison from Watford, the first of Marco Silva's reign as manager.

Richarlison, who was signed by Silva at Watford last summer, underwent a successful medical on Monday and arrives at Goodison Park on a five-year contract.

The deal, totalling £40m, will not surpass Everton's current transfer record - Gylfi Sigurdsson's £45m arrival from Swansea City last year.

Richarlison impressed in the early part of last season having joined from Fluminense, scoring five goals in his first 13 appearances.

The 21-year-old's form dipped last winter, however, as speculation over Silva's future at Vicarage Road grew.

The Brazilian has failed to find the net since, with his last goal coming in a 2-0 victory over West Ham on November 19.

Silva has nevertheless remained an admirer.

"I want to have a lot of success with Everton," Richarlison said. "It is going to be important for me to be with Marco Silva again. I will learn more because I am still learning as a player and I aim to develop and grow here.

"Everton have put their faith in me and I intend to honour this shirt and demonstrate on the pitch why I came here.

"I've known the manager for a while, so I know how he works. I developed really well with him while he was with me at Watford. It was really good working with him and one day I believe he can help me to be selected for Brazil in the full national team."

Wolves signing Joao Moutinho, meanwhile, believes his winning mentality can help his new club make a splash in the Premier League.

The Portugal international completed his move from Monaco to Molineux in a £5m deal on a two-year contract.

It is a statement of intent from Wolves, who won the Championship title last term, as they prepare for their return to the top flight after a six-year exile.

Moutinho, who won Euro 2016 with Portugal, has spent the last five years at Monaco.

He joins fellow Portugal international Rui Patricio at Wolves with the pair having played at the World Cup this summer.

Moutinho said: "I'm very excited, it's a new experience with a great club. I hope to help the club achieve their objectives. And I want to help the team, the players and club to progress.

"I hope we can win all the games. I know it's very difficult with big teams in the Premier League but my mentality is to play every game to win and I hope with my experience and my quality as a team we can achieve our goals and our objectives."

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