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'Bouncer' feels Everton on target for Champions League

Published 30/01/2013|05:00

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David Moyes believes Leroy Fer – nicknamed 'The Bouncer' – will prove an exciting young addition to the Premier League.

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Everton have announced that they had agreed an £8.6m deal with FC Twente for the Dutch midfielder. Fer (23) got his nickname because of his combative style and is poised to become Everton's first signing of the January transfer window.

Moyes said: "He's a really good player, but he's not signed yet, he's only part way through his medical, so there's a bit to go before we can confirm anything. He's someone who we've liked for a long time. He's young and he's certainly an up-and-coming prospect."

Fer will not be available for tonight's match against West Bromwich Albion, but could make his debut against Aston Villa on Saturday, and the Dutchman hopes he will be a natural fit for English football. He said: "A transfer in January is not ideal. But I think Everton is a nice club and a serious challenger for a place in the Champions League.

"The Premier League is a league that I have always wanted to play football in. With my style of play, I think England will be the right place to go."

Irish Independent

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