Everton has completed the signing of Davy Klaassen from Ajax in a deal worth €27million.
The Netherlands international has signed a five-year deal with the Premier League side after passing his medical.
Klaassen came through the ranks of the Ajax youth academy and made his official first-team debut in a Champions League encounter with Lyon in November 2011.
He has since gone on to make 180 appearances in all competitions over the past six seasons, winning three Eredivisie titles in the process.
The attacking midfielder, who was Ajax captain for the past two seasons, netted an impressive 20 goals in 50 appearances in all competitions in 2016-17 as Ajax finished runners-up in the Eredivisie and reached the Europa League final, whereManchester United proved to be too strong.
The 2016 Dutch footballer of the year captain the Ajax side that lost to Manchester United in last season’s Europa League final. became a priority signing for Koeman as doubts persist over the future of fellow midfielder Ross Barkley, 23, who has been told he will be sold if he fails to sign a new contract at Goodison Park.
Klassen became a priority signing for Ronald Koeman as doubts persist over the future of young England midfielder Ross Barkley, 23, who has been told he will be sold if he fails to sign a new contract at Goodison Park.
Klaassen added: “The moment that I spoke with the manager directly I got a good feeling. He is an honest guy, we talked about the club, about the way he wants to play and that gave me a positive feeling.”
Koeman said: “He is a player who is only 24 but has a lot of experience and is a leader on the pitch. He has already captained Ajax for two seasons and that shows you the type of person he is.
“He is hardworking, likes to press and, of course, will give us more creativity and goals.”
The Toffees have also been strongly linked with a £16m move for AC Milan striker M’Baye Niang. The 22-year-old had a spell on loan in the Premier League at Watford last season.