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Everton complete deal for Aston Villa midfielder Idrissa Gueye

Idrissa Gueye has moved back to the Premier League.

Everton have completed the signing of Aston Villa midfielder Idrissa Gueye for a reported fee of £7.1 million.

Gueye, 26, joined Villa last summer from Lille and scored one goal in 38 appearances for the Midlands club before they were relegated at the end of the season.

The Senegal international now becomes manager Ronald Koeman's second signing of the summer following the arrival of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

"I am very happy to be here at Everton and I am very happy and excited to put on the Blue shirt to start the new season here," he told the official site.

"Everton is a big team with big players and great fans. The manager told me he is very happy to have me here and that we will have time to talk about football after.

"I am a defensive midfield player and I like making passes and also getting forward. I have played a season with Aston Villa which was a hard season but I think my style is good for the Premier League. You have to fight every game. All the teams are strong and you have to concentrate all through the game.

"Goodison Park is a very good stadium and the fans are very good, too. They push their team forward and I am excited to play there."

Everton manager Ronald Koeman added: "Idrissa will provide quality in our squad in the midfield and we want to increase the quality in the team. He was one of the players last season with the best record in interceptions and pressing in the midfield. We need this kind of quality and I'm happy to have him joining our club."

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