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Everton wrap up Besic deal

Midfielder signs five-year contract

Julian Finney

Everton have confirmed the signing of Bosnia international Muhamed Besic from Ferencvaros after weeks of speculation.

The fee is undisclosed though it is believed Everton will pay in the region of £4million for the 21-year-old, who has signed a five-year contract at Goodison Park.

Besic has been linked with a move to Everton for several weeks and when he was spotted in Liverpool - and then at Manchester airport in Everton training gear - last Friday, the club released a statement confirming the player was on his way.

The final details were not agreed in time for Besic to play against Leicester at the weekend, but upon the team's arrival back in England on Monday, Everton were able to tie up the loose ends.

His arrival means Everton are well equipped in the defensive midfield department, with Besic slotting alongside James McCarthy, Gareth Barry and Darron Gibson.

He became Bosnia's youngest ever international when he made his debut against Slovakia three years ago and impressed many in the three games he played at the World Cup.

Speaking to the club's official website, manager Roberto Martinez said:

"Muhamed is a young footballer who has developed massively in the last two seasons.

"He has been playing as a centre-half and as a defensive midfielder at an incredible level.

"What he did with Bosnia and Herzegovina in the World Cup, he showed that he is a really mature footballer, that he covers the ground really well, that he is very dynamic and technically very gifted.

"He is bringing us really good strength in an important part of the side."

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