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Winger arrives from Chelsea on a season-long loan.

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Christian Atsu

Everton have completed the signing of winger Christian Atsu on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

The Ghana international, 22, passed a medical on Wednesday and, having secured a work permit, will now be available for Saturday's Barclays Premier League opener at Leicester City.

Atsu becomes the fourth summer addition at Goodison Park following the arrivals of Gareth Barry, Muhamed Besic and Romelu Lukaku.

"I'm very happy to be joining Everton because it's a great club, which likes to play football, and it's a great pleasure to be here," Atsu told evertontv. "Playing in the Premier League has always been a dream for me and I have achieved that dream.

"This is the biggest level for me to play at. I know that it's a very competitive league and I believe with hard work we're going to be successful this season."

Roberto Martinez had previously expressed his desire to add a wide man to his squad and the Toffees chief said: "He's a player who fits in with the culture and the way we want to play. He's a very gifted, technical footballer and he's got the right personality and character to fit in with the group, which is vital.

"He will excite fans because he brings something completely different and a different way of playing to what we've got in the squad.

"He's a left-footed player who loves taking people on and he's got a really good understanding of the game for such a young man.

"He also brings extra competition in a position in which we felt we needed a player full of desire and hunger, who really wants to make things happen in the final third of the pitch."

Signed by Chelsea from FC Porto last September, Atsu spent the 2013/14 season on loan in Holland with Vitesse Arnhem, scoring five goals in 28 league appearances, before starting all three of Ghana's games at this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Martinez added: "For Christian, at 22, to already have played in a World Cup, to have been able to adapt into Portuguese football and into the league in Holland is a really good accumulation of experiences that will be very beneficial, especially with us playing in the Europa League this season."

Master Kwadwo Sakyi-GyinaeGreat job Roberto. Another strong and technical player who can be help in the attack. Can't wait to see the development of this squad.

Thursday 14th August 12:27 Report Comment

Brian ShadmehriGreat addition. The new season is going to be very exciting for all Everton fans!

Thursday 14th August 06:15 Report Comment

Tom Grahamnot many clubs can boast such a strong left side. He looks very clever and will be hard to keep out. When fit we have baines, oviedo, mceadie, atsu, lukaku, distin and a few youngsters all lefties!

Thursday 14th August 04:15 Report Comment

Nathan AstburyGreat guy, like him already! Welcome to the club and good luck for the season ahead. Fantastic personalities throughout the squad. Keep it up Roberto!

Thursday 14th August 01:46 Report Comment

Peter Fellsong 4 Saturday follow follow follow everton are the team to follow cos ross barkley is better than mikel arteta he's the best little scouser we know

Wednesday 13th August 22:25 Report Comment

A.S KanjiCould start on sat. Baines, Pienar, Atsu... "EFC Mischief on the left

Wednesday 13th August 21:55 Report Comment

patrick liddaneWelcome to the greatest club in the world Christian. Look forward to you scoring and creating goals for Everton.

Wednesday 13th August 21:45 Report Comment

michael kelseygreat addition martinez keep them coming.

Wednesday 13th August 21:16 Report Comment
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