Everton are expected to announce two more signings following the free transfer of Andros Townsend.
Everton have signed Andros Townsend and are close to completing two more signings.
Everton have completed the signing of Andros Townsend and are expected to complete two more signings as new manager Rafa Benitez’s recruitment plans come together.
After being released by Crystal Palace at the end of last month, Townsend joined the Toffees on a free transfer.
Everton fought off interest from other clubs, as well as an offer from Palace for a renewal, to seal his signing on a two-year agreement.
The 30-year-old previously worked for Benitez at Newcastle United, but left after the Magpies were relegated to the Championship in 2016.
Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who is also on a free transfer, and winger Demarai Gray are set to join him at the club soon.
Townsend told the club’s official website, “I think everyone knows what Everton is.”
“It’s a huge football club with a lot of ambition, a club that’s been trying to get back to where it belongs in Europe and beyond for a long time.
“I’ll do everything I can to assist the Club in achieving that goal.
“Everton is a huge football club with tremendous objectives for the coming season. It was a no-brainer, as the old adage goes.
“Rafa has a lot of experience. On the training pitch, he works hard on the tactical side and leaves no stone left.
“But, more significantly, he’s a wonderful man, a fantastic boss, and he’s always talking to you. I’m confident he’ll be a big hit here.”
Townsend will almost certainly be joined by Begovic and Gray at Everton.
Begovic, who spent four years at Bournemouth, will serve as a backup to No. 1 goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
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Gray joined Bayer Leverkusen from Leicester City in January, but he is expected to leave the Bundesliga club in the near future.
Everton is expected to confirm Begovic and Gray soon after Townsend, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.
Gray will cost £1.5 million and, like Townsend, will provide Benitez with a better wide-area option.
Following his controversial appointment last month, Benitez is pressing ahead with his transfer ambitions.
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