Everton have completed the transfer of Alex Iwobi from Arsenal for a fee reported to be worth up to £40m.
After failing with a concerted effort to sign Wilfried Zaha, Marcel Brands turned to the Nigerian international who will have found first-team opportunities hard to come by after Arsenal signed Nicolas Pepe from Lille for £72m and Dani Ceballos.
Marco Silva: “Alex was one of our main targets for this window and I believe he is a fantastic signing for Everton. He is a direct and skilful winger and attacking midfielder who always works very hard for his team.
“He is still young but already with a lot of top-level experience – 100 Premier League matches, more in Europe and many international games.
“It was important for me to have one more quality option for our attacking positions to add to what we have with Richarlison, Bernard and Theo Walcott.
“Alex fits exactly the profile of player I want in my model. He is hungry to join Everton and take the next step in his career, to help us compete with the strongest teams in the league and reach his potential at our club.”
Alex Iwobi made 149 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 15 goals.
Iwobi is Marco Silva’s seventh summer signing, joining Jonas Lossl, defender Djibril Sidibe, midfielders Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin, and striker Moise Kean.