Aaron Lennon glad to get fresh start with the Toffees

Aaron Lennon

Aaron Lennon felt there was "not really a choice" for him to make once he found out Everton wanted to sign him.

Transfer deadline day saw Lennon join the Toffees on loan from Tottenham until the end of the season.

The 27-year-old winger (right) - holder of 21 England caps - had been linked with various clubs after being frozen out at Spurs.

And reflecting on the move he eventually made, Lennon said: "I'm delighted.

"It's obviously been a tough start to the year for me, but I was over the moon when I got the call.

"It was a hectic day yesterday and it was a busy weekend, too. I was speaking to a lot of clubs, a lot of managers, but this was the one I wanted.

"Finally, when I got the call from Everton, there wasn't really a choice, I just couldn't wait to get up here and I'm glad it was all sorted.

"Everything about Everton made me excited to join.

"I've always liked the club, the way the manager (Roberto Martinez) has got the team playing and the squad that they have - it was the most attractive to me and it was an easy decision for me."

Martinez has indicated Lennon could be thrown straight into action in Saturday's Merseyside derby clash with Liverpool at Goodison Park.

"We need to see where he is physically and his match fitness but he has been involved in 17 games in half of a season which is a good return," Martinez said.

"He is a player that will look forward to these games and, from our point of view, it's the perfect baptism at our club - to go into a Merseyside derby is a really interesting start.

"It's not going to faze him."