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Everton have completed the signing of Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli on a two-and-a-half-year contract for a reported fee of up to £ 40 million.
The English national team player, who played 269 times and scored 67 goals for Spurs after joining MK Dons in February 2015, is the new Toffees boss Frank Lampard’s first permanent addition – following a loan to Donny van de Beek from Manchester United earlier in the deadline.
The first £ 10 million of his transfer fee is due after 20 appearances.
The 25-year-old is cup-bound for the FA Cup showdown with Brentford this weekend. However, he could make his Everton debut in Newcastle a week on Tuesday.
Delete, who has also won 37 internationals for England, told the club’s official website: “I’m delighted to have signed for Everton, a huge club with a fantastic fan base and history.
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“I’m eager to get started and can’t wait for my first game in an Everton shirt.
“I look forward to helping the team and the opportunity to work with the new manager Frank Lampard.”
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Meanwhile, Everton owner Farhad Moshiri admits he needs to be more patient with his expectations, but supports new manager Frank Lampard to give an “immediate boost”.
The former Chelsea player and head coach is Moshiri’s seventh permanent boss in just under six years of his ownership. Predecessor Rafael Benitez, an appointment pushed through by the man who owns more than 94 per cent of the shares despite being deeply divisive due to his past with Liverpool, lasted only 200 days.
Moshiri has also fired Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman, Sam Allardyce, Marco Silva. Carlo Ancelotti, meanwhile, left on his own after returning to Real Madrid. And the Iranian billionaire has accepted that he is impatient.
He also seemed to acknowledge his mistake in appointing Benitez, who cracked the fan base but promised to give Lampard his full backing.
“He will give the team an instant boost. A locker room will always rise to any of his character and performances,” he said.
“I will make sure the system supports him. The process is crucial to secure all components of Everton fully support the leader.
“Fans are the most important part of it. You can buy any player; you can not buy the 12th man.
“The biggest thing for us – for me, for Bill (Kenwright, chairman), for all parts of this big and beautiful club, is to get behind this manager.
“Let’s stand together behind the team, give the team the 12th man and start moving up the table.
“Our future is bright. We just have to stand together. Maybe together I and the fans should be more patient – I’m also impatient.”
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