Dwight McNeil has signed for Everton from Burnley for an undisclosed fee.
The 22-year-old forward has penned a five-year contract with the Blues until the end of June 2027.
He becomes Everton’s third signing of the summer, following the arrival of his former Clarets teammate James Tarkowski and the loan capture of Portuguese defender Rúben Vinagre.
“It is an amazing feeling to sign. When I heard about Everton’s interest I wanted to get it done straight away because of the Club and how good the team is,” McNeil told evertontv.
“Speaking to the manager about what they want going forward, it really excited me and appealed to me. I wanted to be part of it. He knows me as a player, as does [Director of Football] Kevin Thelwell. I want to work hard and do well for the team and for the fans.
“I feel playing under a manager like Frank Lampard, he will help me to get my stats up – and that is what I want to do and improve my game.
“I am a direct runner with the ball. I like to get on the ball, cut inside and create chances for the team.
“I want to help the team as best as I can, work hard and do the defensive side of the game, too.”
“Last season was difficult for the club, but going into the last bit of the season, you saw from the players and fans the desire, mentality and togetherness they have,” added McNeil.
“They came together and were united as one. That is massive for players and gives you that extra bit of confidence.
“This season we want to do better and I want to be part of the team to help them do that.
“I’ve played at Goodison a couple of times and you always knew it was always a difficult place to go because the fans are behind the lads from the start to the end. It is good and something I want to be part of.
“Now I am fortunate to be on the same side as the fans and am looking forward to getting going,” he added.
Everton manager Frank Lampard said: “I have been a big admirer of Dwight for some time. He has huge talent and is exactly the type of player we want to bring into the squad to help us improve.”