Saturday 21 April 2018

A closer look at Everton's summer signings

Jordan Pickford joined Everton from relegation Sunderland last month
Jordan Pickford joined Everton from relegation Sunderland last month

Everton have done the most business of all their Premier League rivals since the season ended, spending over £85million on six players.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the players manager Ronald Koeman has brought in to reshape his squad.

JORDAN PICKFORD (£25million + £5million in add-ons)

The former Sunderland goalkeeper will be the club's record signing should all the add-ons be activated and the England Under-21 international's fee is a record for a British goalkeeper. Koeman will hope he solves the problem of inconsistent goalkeeping which dogged them last season.

DAVY KLAASSEN (£23.6million)

The midfielder, previously Ajax captain, has been brought in to provide more creativity in midfield and has been touted as the replacement for Ross Barkley - whose future at the club remains in doubt. The 24-year-old also brings goals with 55 in 181 matches for the Dutch side.

MICHAEL KEANE (£25million + £5million in add-ons)

Koeman needed to freshen up an ageing defence and the centre-back, signed from Burnley for a fee which matches Pickford's as a potential club record, has been identified as the long-term leader at the back with Ashley Williams and club captain Phil Jagielka turning 33 and 35 respectively in August.

HENRY ONYEKURU (£7million)

Signed from relatively unknown Belgian club Eupen, the Nigeria international was joint top scorer in the Belgian Super League last season. The 20-year-old striker will spend a year on loan at Anderlecht to continue his development.

SANDRO RAMIREZ (£5.2million)

The former Barcelona striker was signed from Malaga after Everton triggered his release clause. His involvement in the European Under-21 Championship with Spain means a later arrival for pre-season but 16 goals in LaLiga last season should add more firepower to a side who were heavily reliant on Romelu Lukaku.

NATHANGELO MARKELO (undisclosed)

The Holland Under-18 international defender, signed from FC Volendam, will start in the Premier League 2-winning under-23 squad.

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