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Everton confirm Dwight McNeil signing as Cornet links intensify

The Toffees have shelled out 20m for the Burnley man


Gerard Deulofeu

Everton have confirmed the signing of Dwight McNeil on a five-year deal as they look to replace the void left by Richarlison this summer.

The Toffees have agreed to sign the Englishman from relegated Burnley in a deal that is worth up to £20m, becoming their third addition of the summer following the arrivals of fellow Burnley player James Tarkowski as well as Ruben Vinagre on loan.

“It is an amazing feeling to sign. When I heard about Everton’s interest I wanted to get it done straight away because of the Club and how good the team is,” McNeil told evertontv.

“Speaking to the manager about what they want going forward, it really excited me and appealed to me. I wanted to be part of it. He knows me as a player, as does [Director of Football] Kevin Thelwell. I want to work hard and do well for the team and for the fans.

“I feel playing under a manager like Frank Lampard, he will help me to get my stats up – and that is what I want to do and improve my game.

“I am a direct runner with the ball. I like to get on the ball, cut inside and create chances for the team.

“I want to help the team as best as I can, work hard and do the defensive side of the game, too.”

McNeil has registered 7 goals and 17 assists in 134 appearances for Burnley, but registered just one assist in 38 outings last season as he couldn’t prevent his side from being relegated.

More to come from Everton

Everton’s attentions have now turned to tying up a deal for a former Everton man in Idrissa Gana Gueye, who is free to leave Paris Saint Germain this summer, while they are also keen on a third Burnley player in the form of Maxwel Cornet, having already seen one bid knocked back for the impressive Ivorian.

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