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Wednesday’s Toffee Bites: James’ transfer fee revelation, Maxi Gómez linked, and more

Recapping the Everton news from yesterday

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James Rodriguez and Allan take Part in Their First Training Session at Everton Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images

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I have been waiting a long time to come here and now it has happened so I am very happy. I had some interest from other clubs but from the beginning when Everton showed an interest in me I told my agent to focus on Everton. It was the only club I wanted to join. I am very happy now to be an Everton player and very excited for the future,” says new boy Abdoulaye Doucouré. [RBM]

Watch his full interview below.

Everton are reportedly close to agreeing a season-long loan for 22-year-old Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori. [RBM]

I’ve come here to try to improve, to get better. I’ve also come here to help the team to win, to play good football – entertaining football. I’m convinced, with Carlo and his technical staff, we can achieve great things. With hard work, that’s what we are all aiming for. I’ve got huge faith that is definitely a possibility. There is that mutual trust there and I just can’t wait to get started playing for Everton,” says James. [RBM]

Watch the full interview with the 29-year-old below.

And be sure to watch James’ first training session with the team.

If you thought Everton had a steal on James Rodriguez paying just £20 million, you're in for a surprise - apparently the transfer fee was just £12m! [BBC]

“We should not exclude a departure. It is true that there is interest. I also have to respect my employer. I am professional and I will stay professional no matter what happens. If I have to take a decision, I will take it based on what I am offered,” says rumoured target Bertrand Traoré. [GFFN via L’Étalon]

Everton are reportedly interested in 24-year-old Valencia striker Maxi Gómez. [The Telegraph]

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Not too much action on today.

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