Everton have accomplished the signing of free agent Andros Townsend on a two-year deal.
The 30-year-old winger arrives on a free transfer having seen his five-year spell with Crystal Palace come to an finish earlier this summer season, as his contract at Selhurst Park expired.
Townsend turns into Everton’s first signing since Rafael Benitez was appointed supervisor final month, with the winger having beforehand performed beneath the Spaniard at Newcastle.
“I think everyone knows what Everton is. It’s a massive football club, it’s very ambitious, a club which has been trying to get back to where it belongs into Europe and beyond,” Townsend advised evertontv. “I’ll be doing all I can to assist the membership try this.
“Rafa is very experienced. He does a lot of work on the tactical side on the training pitch, he leaves no stone unturned. But more importantly, he’s a great man, a great man-manager, and he’s always talking to you. I’m sure he will be very successful here.”
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Townsend spent the second half of the 2015/16 season on mortgage from Tottenham at St James’ Park beneath Benitez and scored 4 targets in 13 appearances regardless of Newcastle being relegated from the Premier League.
His type noticed Palace triggered his £13m launch clause on the finish of that season, with the midfielder going on to attain 16 targets in 185 appearances.
Townsend left Crystal Palace on the finish of final season after his contract expired
Prior to that, Townsend got here via the youth ranks at Tottenham and went on varied loans earlier than becoming a member of the primary group between 2013 and 2016.
Townsend took to social media himself to thank Crystal Palace workers and followers for his or her help throughout his time on the membership.
“After five amazing years and countless memories, it’s time to say my goodbyes to everyone at Crystal Palace,” Townsend wrote.
“I’d prefer to say specific thank yous to the chairman for bringing me to Selhurst and giving me the chance to put on the crimson and blue, to Sam (Allardyce) and Roy (Hodgson) for his or her perception in me, and to my teammates for the particular moments we loved collectively on the pitch.
“To the Palace fans. The beating heart of the club. To each and every one of you… thank you. Thank you for all your supports, it’s that support which makes the club and Selhurst Park so special.
“It’s a disgrace we did not get to say goodbye correctly, however we’ll be seeing one another quickly sufficient and I’m already wanting ahead to returning to Selhurst once we meet once more.”
Everton begin their Premier League campaign at home to Southampton on the opening weekend of the season, with their first match with Palace coming at Selhurst Park in December.
Begovic joins on one-year deal
Later on Tuesday Everton confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who arrives at Goodison from Championship side Bournemouth.
The former Stoke and Chelsea stopper has signed a 12-month contract, with the club holding the option to extend it for an additional year.
“When I first heard of the opportunity of becoming a member of Everton, I used to be actually excited,” Begovic advised evertontv.
Everton have signed Asmir Begovic on a one-year deal
“Opportunities like this don’t come around every day so I’m honoured and pleased to be here.
“The ambition is to get this membership to the place it belongs. We wish to be difficult for these European spots, difficult for trophies and being in that higher echelon of the league.”
Begovic will provide backup for England number one Jordan Pickford, who enters the Premier League season full of confidence following a fine performance at the European Championships.
“Jordan [Pickford] is a world-class goalkeeper,” Begovic added. “I feel the goalkeeping group right here is unbelievable.
“We’re going to push each other every single day and set those standards in training.
“I’m positively right here to compete [for a place] and to attempt to assist this group in any approach I can.”
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