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The Echo

EVERTON pushed through a dramatic last-minute transfer deadline day loan move for Belgian midfielder Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe - subject to international clearance on Monday.

David Moyes had been keen to strengthen his central midfield options and having missed out on Stoke City-bound Steven N'Zonzi and an ambitious bid for Chelsea's Michael Essien, he turned to the Club Brugge man with just hours remaining.

The Toffees were too late to finalise a permanent move for Odjidja-Ofoe before last night's 11pm deadline, but managed to do the required paper-work to secure him on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal in the future. Everton must now wait until Monday for final ratification from the football authorities.

The 23-year-old defensive midfielder shone in last season’s Europa Cup tie against Birmingham City, and laid on a goal for Joseph Akpala in the 2-2 draw at St Andrews.

The 6ft 1in powerhouse joined Brugge from Bundesliga side Hamburg for £800,000 three years ago and went on to become a key player for the Jupiler league outfit with 14 goals from 117 appearances.

He becomes the third Belgian international signed by Moyes, following in the footsteps of Marouane Fellaini and Kevin Mirallas.

The Echo

 

 

BRYAN OVIEDO said he was delighted to sign for Everton FC after the Costa Rican completed his deadline day switch from FC Copenhagen.
 
The 22-year-old agreed a move after being granted a work permit yesterday morning and arrived at Goodison today (as shown in a picture tweeted by EFC) where he will provide exciting cover on the left flank for Leighton Baines and Steven Pienaar.
 
Oviedo made 24 appearances for the Danish side last season, with his performances attracting the attention of scouts across Europe including David Moyes who watched him several times.
 
He said: “I am very happy for the opportunity I now get to play in the world’s biggest league. It’s really hard for me to leave FC Copenhagen because the club has meant so much to me and aided my development.
 
“I certainly could have seen myself at Copenhagen for a long time, but a switch to a historic club in the Premier League is a dream now fulfilled. I owe the club, my teammates and the fans of FCK so much and I will miss them all.
 
Copenhagen’s sporting director Carsten V. Jensen said Everton have said Everton have signed an ever-improving young player.
 
“We are pleased with the development Bryan has gone through at FCK,” he said. “He came to us directly from Costa Rica and it has been a pleasure to see him continually raise his level of ability.
 
“The deal with Everton is also satisfactory for FC Copenhagen; we see it as a good piece of business carried out and can now send him on to the world’s best league wishing Bryan all the best of luck in England.”

The Echo

EVERTON FC have completed the signing of promising midfielder Matthew Kennedy from Kilmarnock for a nominal fee.
 
The 17-year-old winger has penned a three-year deal and will join up with Alan Stubbs’ Under-21 Reserve squad.
 
The Scotland youth international has impressed for Kilmarnock since making his bow as a 16-year-old.
 
That debut came against Hibernian in November 2011 after he had forced his way into the first-team picture with an impressive pre-season.
 
Kennedy, who prefers to operate as a wide player, has been deployed as a striker in Kille’s opening games of the 2012/13 campaign after injuries to the club’s regular strikers.
 
In all he has made 14 appearances for the Rugby Park outfit while also starring through the age groups for the Scottish youth international sides.
 
Having represented his country at under-15 and under-16 level with considerable success, he has been a regular for the under-17s, making 13 appearances and scoring four times.

Daily Mirror

 

 

Everton have completed the signing of Bryan Oviedo from FC Copenhagen on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee - a month after MirrorFootball told you they were looking at him.

The Costa Rican has been a regular starter for Copenhagen after joining from Deportivo Saprissa in his homeland.

He said: "I am so very happy. This is a very good opportunity for me.

"The last two or three days have been very stressful and tiring but I am so happy now. I am feeling good and right now everything is positive.

"I know a lot about Everton. I watch Everton games and Premier League games on the TV and it is a very good league."

The 22-year-old can operate at left-back and on the left side of midfield.

Oviedo's spell in Denmark with Copenhagen began in 2010 and has included a loan stint with FC Nordsjaelland.

He has won the Danish league title and two Danish Cups, played in the Champions League, and is a full Costa Rica international.

Everton assistant boss Steve Round revealed this morning that he, Toffees manager David Moyes and scouts had all been abroad to watch the player in action and Oviedo had not realised it was him they had had their eye on.

He said: "I was feeling a little nervous because Everton are a very good team and a big club.

"Now I am feeling good, I am happy with everything.

"I knew that sometimes Everton were watching Copenhagen games but not especially to watch me."

Referring to his versatility, Oviedo said: "I am a player who likes to attack.

"I can help in attack but also in defence as well. I can play both positions.

"I played many years as a left-back, now (more recently) I have been playing further forward."

He added: "I need to come here and work hard for a place. I know there are very good players and I will need to train very well to have a chance of getting in the team."

Everton's players will have to wait to meet their new team-mate as he is jetting off to play for his country in two World Cup qualifiers against Mexico.

* EVERTON are poised to make a sixth summer signing after concluding a last-gasp agreement to bring Belgian international Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe to Goodison Park.

The deal was agreed just before Friday's 11pm transfer deadline but needs to be confirmed by FIFA next week.

Bruges midfielder Odjidja-Ofoe, 23, will join on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy if approval is granted, teaming up at Goodison with international colleagues Marouane Fellaini and Kevin Mirallas.

Daily Mirror

 



Michael Owen remains unattached after failing to secure a deal before the August transfer deadline.

But as a free agent, the 32-year-old former England, Liverpool and Manchester United striker is not bound by the restrictions of transfer windows and could still sign a contract in due course.

Owen, who was released by United in the summer after three injury-plagued years at Old Trafford, had been linked with Stoke and Everton.

He tweeted: "Nothing to confirm just yet, will be an interesting few days now that the transfer window is closed."

The Sun

EVERTON have snapped up Costa Rican Bryan Oviedo for an initial fee of £1.6million.
 
The 22-year-old, who can play as a left-back or on the wing, passed a medical late last night as he completed his move from Danes FC Copenhagen.

Oviedo said: “I am very happy for the chance to play in the best league in the world.”

The Sun



EVERTON may have had a quiet deadline day but that has not stopped them making arguably the summer’s best signing — two months ago.
 
When Rangers were plunged into financial chaos, Goodison boss David Moyes wasted no time snapping up 25-year-old Steven Naismith on a free transfer.
 
The deal could yet be subject to a compensation claim from Ibrox.
 
Yet Everton assistant Steve Round still reckons landing the Scottish striker has left the rest green with envy.
 
While Moyes was in London to sort out a work permit for £1million Bryan Oviedo, the Costa Rican left-back from FC Copenhagen, Round insisted: “We may find that getting Steven for nothing is one of the best signings of the summer.
 
“It was tremendous business. He knits things together, is intelligent with his runs and movement and, technically, looks a top Premier League player. He has a regular record of goals but, above all, his character and work ethic made him fit in here straight away.”

Daily Star

EVERTON assistant boss Steve Round has hailed this transfer window as the club’s finest in helping them get off to a flying start.

David Moyes’ side have won their opening two League games and thumped Leyton Orient in the second round of the Capital One Cup.

They face West Brom at The Hawthorns today looking to continue that form.

Round puts it down to getting most of their business done early, although Moyes did make a late dash to London yesterday morning to secure a work permit for Costa Rican Bryan Oviedo.

The £3m defender is seen as cover for Leighton Baines but it is the three early deals that have boosted the Toffees.

Steven Pienaar, Steven Naismith and Kevin Mirallas, who scored twice against Orient in midweek, have already proven to be shrewd signings.

Round said: “We may find getting Steven Naismith for nothing is one of the best signings of the summer.

“He’s a player of that standard at that level who has slotted in so quickly into the Everton way. It was tremendous business.

“The two signings [Pienaar and Naismith] we made early on settled everyone down. The team is settled and you could sense that in the dressing room.

“We hadn’t lost a star name, a Lescott or an Arteta.

“The team could see the club was showing some ambition and that gave quite a positive feel.”

Round has been particularly impressed by the former Rangers midfielder Naismith, who has shown no signs of a struggle adapting from the Scottish Premier League.

He added: “Very early on we realised he would settle in quickly to how we do things.

“He seems a born and bred Everton-type player.”

Daily Mail

 

 

Everton have confirmed they have completed the signing of Bryan Oviedo from FC Copenhagen on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee believed to be £3.5million.
 
The Costa Rican has been a regular starter for FCK after joining from Deportivo Saprissa in his homeland.
 
Though the 22-year-old is a left back, he has not been brought to replace Leighton Baines. The England defender has been linked with Manchester United all summer but they never enquired about or made a bid for him.
 
Oviedo said: 'I am so very happy. This is a very good opportunity for me.
 
'The last two or three days have been very stressful and tiring but I am so happy now. I am feeling good and right now everything is positive.
 
'I know a lot about Everton. I watch Everton games and Premier League games on the TV and it is a very good league.'
 
Oviedo's spell in Denmark with Copenhagen began in 2010 and has included a loan stint with FC Nordsjaelland.
 
He has won the Danish league title and two Danish Cups, played in the Champions League, and is a full Costa Rica international.

Everton assistant boss Steve Round revealed this morning that he, Toffees manager David Moyes and scouts had all been abroad to watch the player in action and Oviedo had not realised it was him they had had their eye on.
 
He said: 'I was feeling a little nervous because Everton are a very good team and a big club.
 
'Now I am feeling good, I am happy with everything.
 
'I knew that sometimes Everton were watching Copenhagen games but not especially to watch me.'
 
Referring to his versatility, Oviedo said: 'I am a player who likes to attack.
 
'I can help in attack but also in defence as well. I can play both positions.
 
'I played many years as a left-back, now (more recently) I have been playing further forward.'
 
He added: 'I need to come here and work hard for a place. I know there are very good players and I will need to train very well to have a chance of getting in the team.'
 
Everton's players will have to wait to meet their new team-mate as he is jetting off to play for his country in two World Cup qualifiers against Mexico.
 
Oviedo's transfer deadline day arrival takes the number of new signings for the Toffees this summer to five.
 
The Merseysiders have also recruited former Rangers forward Steven Naismith, brought back winger Steven Pienaar on a permanent deal from Tottenham and signed front man Kevin Mirallas from Olympiakos.
 
The club also signed 17-year-old forward Matthew Kennedy from Kilmarnock for what the Goodison club describe as a nominal fee
 
And the club were close  concluding an agreement to bring Belgian international Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe to Goodison Park.
 
The deal was agreed just before Friday's 11pm transfer deadline but now needs to be confirmed by FIFA next week.
 
Club Brugge midfielder Odjidja-Ofoe, 23, will join on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy, teaming up with international colleagues Marouane Fellaini and Mirallas.

Daily Telegraph

 

 

Everton have completed the signing of Bryan Oviedo from FC Copenhagen on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

The Costa Rican has been a regular starter for FCK in the past two years after joining from Deportivo Saprissa in his homeland.

The 22 year-old can operate at left back and on the left side of midfield and provide some competition for Leighton Baines and provide some more midfield options for Everton manager David Moyes.

After penning his contract, the versatile left-sided player said: “I am so very happy. This is a very good opportunity for me, the last two or three days have been very stressful and tiring but I am so happy now. I am feeling good and right now everything is positive.

“I know a lot about Everton. I watch Everton games and Premier League games on the TV and it is a very good league.”

Oviedo, who has 13 international caps, has won the Danish league title, two Danish Cups and also played in the Champions League, and according to Everton assistant manager Steve Round, the player has been on the radar for some time.

"In terms of him as a player he can fill in multiple positions for us, he will be a big asset if we can get him, he can play left back left midfield and left wing, all the way down the left, which will help us and give us good cover in the squad. I have seen him on a regular basis, I have been abroad and watched him, as have all the scouts and the manager,” he said.

Oviedo will be David Moyes' fifth signing this summer, joining Kevin Mirallas, Ben McLaughlin, Steven Pienaar and Steven Naismith in the doors at Goodison Park.

The Independent

 

 


Everton have hit the ground running this season thanks largely to the smooth transition of their summer signings, Steve Rounds, the assistant manager, said yesterday on a pain-free deadline day at Goodison Park.

After two Premier League victories, including a win against Manchester United, followed by the midweek League Cup thrashing of Leyton Orient, Everton are defying their tag of slow starters. They travel to West Bromwich today knowing a win would constitute their best start to a season since 1993, but more importantly after a relatively quiet deadline day, unlike last year's late loss of Mikel Arteta to Arsenal, Everton have the platform to challenge for the upper end of the Premier League.

Round believes that has been made possible because new recruits such as Steven Naismith and Steven Pienaar haven't needed any time bedding themselves in at the club – the latter back in familiar surroundings following previous successful spells – while also pointing out that manager David Moyes hasn't lost what he describes as a "star name", even though Tim Cahill moved to the New York Red Bulls in July.

Naismith was overshadowed by the arrival of Kevin Mirallas against Orient, as the Belgian scored twice and assisted for two on his debut following a £5.3m move from Olympiakos. But Round thinks 25-year-old Naismith, signed on a free transfer from Rangers, could be one of the best bits of pre-season business.

"A player of that standard who has slotted so quickly into the Everton way, I think it was tremendous business," Round said. "He knits things together, he's intelligent with his runs and movement. Technically, he looks a top player.

"Above all, his character, personality and work ethic made him fit in straight away with the things that happen here. Very early on we realised he would settle in quickly. In the dressing room the lads took to him. He's a good conscientious professional who does his work and fits in without any problems."

Round was taking the weekly press conference because Moyes had travelled to London for a work permit hearing with FC Copenhagen's Bryan Oviedo ahead of a move. Everton paid £1.2m, rather than the reported £5m, for the left-back. Fears on Merseyside that the Costa Rica international is to replace Leighton Baines are unfounded after the Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, curbed his interest a fortnight ago.

Keeping the likes of Baines and Marouane Fellaini, as well as the signings, have been crucial in building from a promising end to last season. Round added: "The two signings we made early on settled everyone down. You could sense that in the dressing room, they could see the club was showing some ambition."

 

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