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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Lennon delight at Toffees switch

Aaron Lennon says he is
Aaron Lennon says he is "buzzing" following his loan move to Everton

Aaron Lennon has insisted he is "buzzing" to be at Everton despite posing for a series of glum-looking photographs for his new club.

The England winger joined the Toffees from Tottenham on loan for the rest of the season on transfer deadline day.

The 27-year-old is hoping to revive his career after falling out of favour at Spurs but the official pictures released by Everton after his signing were not flattering.

The club's website posted a gallery of pictures following his arrival, including an image of him holding up a shirt and others of him at various points around the training ground, in which he did not appear very happy.

Those underwhelming shots attracted much attention on social media but the player has spoken out to put the record straight.

He tweeted: "Even though i may not look it in the pics ?? I'm buzzing to be here,enjoyed my 1st day at training and everyone made me feel really welcome. Can't wait for the next few months now!!!"

Lennon, who has 21 England caps, went further in an interview with the club's website, saying Everton were his first choice once he knew of their interest.

It was thought the former Leeds trainee was close to joining Hull while he was also linked to Stoke.

Lennon told "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 against Liverpool at Goodison Park.

Martinez said: "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.

"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."

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