Everton has signed a Jean-Philippe Gbamin from Mainz.
According to Sky Sports, he arrives from the Bundesliga club on a five-year deal.
The fee the Merseysiders paid is undisclosed. He is considered a direct replacement for Idrissa Gueye, who was sold to Paris Saint-Germain.
The 23-year-old Ivory Coast international made 32 appearances last season for Mainz and managed two goals too.
Gbamin said about the move:
“It’s a big moment with a lot of emotion.”
“Now it’s on me to prove on the pitch why they bought me.”
“I’m excited because Everton is a great club here in England.”
“With a big history and ambition.”
“I didn’t have to think for more than a moment – I wanted to come here.”
When asked about his playing style he said:
“I like to go in the duels.”
“I like to run a lot and tackle.”
“I also pass good and have a good transition.”
“The fans will see. I will give everything on the pitch.”
This is now Everton’s third central midfield signing of this transfer window.
Gbamin joins Andre Gomes and Fabian Delph.
Toffees manager Marco Silva said of his fourth summer signing:
“Jean-Philippe is a player who has developed really well during the last three seasons.”
“Achieved a very good level of performance playing in a high-level competition like the Bundesliga.”
“He is ready for this challenge.”
“He will help us to keep getting better.”
“He is full of ambition to play for Everton, fits with our model and he will give us different solutions in our midfield.”
This may not be the last we hear from Everton this transfer window as the Moise Kean deal appears to edge closer.
✍️ | Summer signing number 4️⃣!
Welcome, JP! 🔵
— Everton (@Everton) August 2, 2019