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Distin leaves Everton for Bournemouth

Sylvain Distin is off to Bournemouth. Credit: PA

Premier League new boys Bournemouth have signed experienced French defender Sylvain Distin on a free transfer.

The centre-back's contract at Goodison Park had expired following six years on Merseyside.

I see Sylvain playing a similar role to the one Ian Harte played.

Off the pitch, he is someone the younger players can turn to in times when they need to speak to someone who has seen it and done it.

Ian was invaluable to us in that respect last season and the season before when he had experience in the Championship and no one else had.

Sylvain now takes on that role and on the pitch I still think he has a huge amount to offer.

He still has his athleticism and is technically very good. We are very pleased to have him.

– Eddie Howe

Everton confirm return of Barcelona winger

Gerard Deulofeu is on his way back. Credit: PA

Everton have re-signed winger Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona, the Premier League have confirmed.

The Spaniard spent the 2013-14 season at Goodison Park, but will now join the club permanently from July 1 in a deal worth €6million.


Royle gets Everton youngster to join Oldham

George Green has moved to Boundary Park. Credit: PA

George Green has admitted the words of former Everton and Oldham boss Joe Royle encouraged him to move to Boundary Park following his released by the Premier League club.

Royle heavily influenced Green's decision due to his history with the League One club, who he managed in the Premier League.

I play as a number 10 in the hole and I can bring creativity to the squad.

I make chances for the strikers and want to pitch in with a few goals as well to help the club achieve promotion next season.

Joe Royle at Everton pushed me towards Oldham because of his relationship with the club and I managed to get the move and I'm delighted to be here.

The gaffer has got a good footballing philosophy and he conducts himself very well so I can't wait to work under him.

– George Green

Jagielka pens new one-year deal at Everton

Jagielka is staying at Everton. Credit: PA

England defender Phil Jagielka has signed a one-year contract extension with Everton, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.

Toffees captain Jagielka, who has won 36 caps for England, will now remain at Goodison Park until the summer of 2018.

"It's always nice to feel wanted," Jagielka told evertontv.

"Being rewarded with the extra year gives me that motivation to keep striving to get better and to keep going for as long as possible.

"It wasn't the longest negotiations ever - it only took a couple of minutes rather than hours.

"I love it here, I want to stay here and thankfully enough the club felt the same.

Everton closing in on deal for Man United midfielder

Everton are edging closer to completing the signing of out-of-contract Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley.

Cleverley impressed on loan at Villa last season. Credit: PA

The 25-year-old spent last season on loan at FA Cup finalists Aston Villa after a deadline-day move to the Toffees last summer collapsed.

He has previously worked with Everton manager Roberto Martinez during a season-long loan at Wigan in 2010-11 and the Catalan is a known admirer of the England international.

Press Association Sport understands talks between the player and club are at an advanced stage but, contrary to reports, the deal has not yet been completed.


Romelu Lukaku sends alarm bells ringing at Everton

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku's insistence he wants to win trophies and will not settle for "shadowing" the top sides is likely to put a number of clubs on alert.

How long will Lukaku stay at Everton? Credit: PA

The 22-year-old's first season at Goodison Park after a £28m move from Chelsea fell well short of the previous campaign he spent on loan with the Toffees when they challenged for Champions League qualification.

And despite 20 goals, including being the joint-top scorer in the Europa League, the Belgium international wants to be involved in big games.

"I want to win titles, not just be shadowing at the top," he told Sport/Voetbal magazine.

"I want to know how it feels to play in the big games. I'm 22. It's time to win trophies."

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