Everton sign Davy Klaassen from Ajax for £24m

Everton sign Davy Klaassen from Ajax for £24m

Everton have made their second major signing in less than 24 hours with a £24 million deal for Ajax’s Davy Klaassen.

Klaassen – a star of Ajax’s recent run to the Europa League final – joins £30 million Jordan Pickford at Goodison Park as Ronald Koeman’s rebuilding gathers pace.

Koeman did not disguise his determination to add midfielders who will create and score more. A persistent criticism of his current side is that they rely far too much on Romelu Lukaku. Now Klaassen is on board in a five-year deal it will help revamp the Merseysiders’ attacking options.

Klaassen certainly fits the bill given his record in Holland, and although he endured a difficult evening against Manchester United in Stockholm recently, the Everton coach is sure the 24-year-old can adapt to the Premier League.

Klaassen said that meeting Koeman convinced him it was the right move.

“I spoke a few weeks ago with Ronald Koeman about Everton. I wanted to come here and check if this was the right club for me and since I came here I feel so happy. It’s a great club,” he said. “It’s difficult to leave Ajax but I think this is a good step for me now.”

Koeman was thrilled to have another of his prime targets on board early in the transfer window.

“He is hard-working, likes to press and, of course, will give us more creativity and goals,” said the Everton manager.

Koeman has also been planning for the possibility of Lukaku leaving for Chelsea – the Belgian is determined to go – although resistance to that move is stronger and Everton are adamant they will not accept less than £100 million.

Regardless of Lukaku’s future, Everton want more quality strikers. They will hope their recent activity is recognised as a major statement of intent in pursuit of Champions League football.

Pickford completed his £30m switch from Sunderland earlier today

Earlier on Thursday, England’s under-21 keeper Pickford said the ambition of the Merseyside club attracted him to make the move from Sunderland.

“It’s a great opportunity and the right time for me to come to Everton and show what I can do,” he said. “This is an exciting time for the club and for me, too, with the ambition being shown. I just want to be the best I can be to help.”

Everton have also been in talks with AC Milan for striker M’Baye Niang, and Koeman is leading the chase for Burnley’s Michael Keane.

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