Everton have accomplished the signing of free agent Andros Townsend on a two-year deal.
The 30-year-old winger arrives on a free switch having seen his five-year spell with Crystal Palace come to an finish earlier this summer time, as his contract at Selhurst Park expired.
Townsend turns into Everton’s first signing since Rafael Benitez was appointed supervisor final month, with the winger having beforehand performed beneath the Spaniard at Newcastle.
“I believe everybody is aware of what Everton is. It is a large soccer membership, it’s totally bold, a membership which has been attempting to get again to the place it belongs into Europe and past,” Townsend informed evertontv. “I will be doing all I can to assist the membership do this.
“Rafa could be very skilled. He does a variety of work on the tactical facet on the coaching pitch, he leaves no stone unturned. However extra importantly, he is an ideal man, an ideal man-manager, and he is at all times speaking to you. I am certain he can be very profitable right here.”
Townsend spent the second half of the 2015/16 season on mortgage from Tottenham at St James’ Park beneath Benitez and scored 4 objectives in 13 appearances regardless of Newcastle being relegated from the Premier League.
His type noticed Palace triggered his £13m launch clause on the finish of that season, with the midfielder happening to attain 16 objectives in 185 appearances.
Previous to that, Townsend got here by means of the youth ranks at Tottenham and went on varied loans earlier than becoming a member of the primary crew between 2013 and 2016.
Townsend took to social media himself to thank Crystal Palace workers and followers for his or her help throughout his time on the membership.
“After 5 wonderful years and numerous recollections, it is time to say my goodbyes to everybody at Crystal Palace,” Townsend wrote.
“I might wish to say explicit thank yous to the chairman for bringing me to Selhurst and giving me the chance to put on the purple and blue, to Sam (Allardyce) and Roy (Hodgson) for his or her perception in me, and to my teammates for the particular moments we loved collectively on the pitch.
“To the Palace followers. The beating coronary heart of the membership. To every considered one of you… thanks. Thanks for all of your helps, it is that help which makes the membership and Selhurst Park so particular.
“It is a disgrace we did not get to say goodbye correctly, however we’ll be seeing one another quickly sufficient and I am already trying ahead to returning to Selhurst once we meet once more.”
Everton start their Premier League marketing campaign at house to Southampton on the opening weekend of the season, with their first match with Palace coming at Selhurst Park in December.
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