Everton have completed the A?23.6m signing of Ajax captain Davy Klaassen on a five-year deal.

Davy Klaassen
Davy Klaassen was the skipper of Ajax side that reached Europa League final

The 24-year-old attacking midfielder underwent a medical at Finch Farm on Wednesday and has agreed a five-year contract, having been signed for a fee of A?23.6m.

Klaassen is fresh from an outstanding 2016/17 season, having scored 16 times as Ajax reached the Europa League final and finished second in the Eredivisie.

Davy Klaassen good fit for Everton

The Netherlands midfielder, 24, has made 163 appearances, scoring 49 goals, since his debut for Ajax in 2011, winning three Eredivisie titles.AAnd he has also established himself as a regular member of the Dutch national side; he now has 14 International caps to his name and has scored four times.

“It is difficult to leave Ajax but I think this is a good step for me now,” Klaassen told Everton’s website.

He became a priority signing for Koeman as doubts persist over the future of fellow midfielder Ross Barkley; who has been told he will be sold if he fails to sign a new contract at Goodison Park.

Klaassen added: “The moment that I spoke with the manager directly I got a good feeling. He is an honest guy, we talked about the club, about the way he wants to play and that gave me a positive feeling.”

“I’m an attacking midfielder player who likes to get in the box. I also like to be aggressive on the field and press all the time.”

Koeman added: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring Davy to Everton. He’s a player who is only 24 but has a lot of experience and is a leader on the pitch. He has already captained Ajax for two seasons and that shows you the type of person he is.”

The Toffees have also been strongly linked with a A?16m move for AC Milan striker M’Baye Niang. The 22-year-old had a spell on loan in the Premier League at Watford last season.


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