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Klaassen follows Pickford to Everton

Press Association logoPress Association 15/06/2017

Everton have confirmed the STG23.5 million ($A39.5m) signing of Davy Klaassen from Ajax to add to the club-record fee they splashed on Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

The Toffees announced the completion of Pickford's signing, with the England Under-21 international becoming the most expensive British goalkeeper in history after joining for STG30million ($A50m), before later confirming Klaassen had agreed to a five-year deal.

The 24-year-old attacking midfielder played in Ajax's Europa League final defeat to Manchester United and becomes Ronald Koeman's second big-money acquisition on Thursday.

Klaassen captained Ajax for the past two years and scored 49 goals in 163 appearances for Marcel Keizer's side. He has also won 14 international caps, netting four times.

The player cited a conversation with Koeman as the key moment in his decision to move to Goodison Park.

"I spoke a few weeks ago with Ronald Koeman about Everton," Klaassen told the club's official website.

"I wanted to come here and check if this was the right club for me and since I came here I feel so happy. It's a great club.

"The moment that I spoke with the manager directly I got a good feeling. He's an honest guy, we talked about the club, about the way he wants to play and that gave me a positive feeling.

Klaassen will link up with England Under-21 international goalkeeper Pickford for the start of next season after Everton announced they had paid a club-record fee for the 23-year-old, who was nominated for PFA Young Player of the Year despite Sunderland finishing bottom of the Premier League.

Pickford has joined the Toffees for an initial STG25 million which could rise to STGmillion with add-ons, which would eclipse the STG28 million deal the Merseysiders struck with Chelsea for striker Romelu Lukaku in 2014.

Having suffered relegation with Sunderland, Pickford is glad to be back in the top-flight so soon.

He said: "It's a great club, a massive club and I think it's a great opportunity and the right time for me to come to Everton and show what I can do.

"This is an exciting time for the club and for me, too, with the ambition being shown. I just want to be the best I can be to help."

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