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Everton Seal Distin Deal

David Moyes delighted to add experienced Frenchman to his squad.

Everton Seal Distin Deal

Everton have completed the signing of Sylvain Distin from Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee.

The 31-year-old Frenchman penned a three-year-deal on Friday after passing a medical at Finch Farm.

The player did not train with his new team-mates but was shown around the training ground and introduced to players and staff.

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>Sylvain's squad profile

David Moyes moved for the former Paris St Germain, Newcastle United and Manchester City player after Joleon Lescott was sold to Manchester City earlier this week.

Distin could now make his Everton debut against Wigan Athletic at Goodison Park on Sunday.

"He'll give me a centre half," said Moyes. "I needed one before Joleon [Lescott] left and he'll give me a direct replacement for him. He's a left-footed centre back, which I wanted.

"He's a bit older but more experienced and I look back at how well Davey Weir and Alan Stubbs did for us in their 30s, and I hope Sylvain can do the same.

"We need someone to come in and keep us steady because we want to be competing be at the top end of the Premier League."

Distin follows striker Jo and midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov into Goodison Park this summer.

An FA Cup winner with Pompey in 2008, Distin was the subject of a reported move to Aston Villa before agreeing terms with the Blues. He can play left back as well as his preferred central-defensive position.

DAVE HUNTERGreat buy, great player with european and premier league experience, could turn out to be the buy of the season once he settles in can see him and Jags forming a formidable central defence

Saturday 29th August 08:57 Report Comment

stephen greenTotally agree Wayne! Please keep spending as it is going to be harder to get into europe this year with city & spurs much improved. hopefully we still have 20m to spend got 8m of lescott money left. Rumours of Heitinga for around 5m would be amazing. Also think scott Brown would be an ideal moyes signing and adds competition. Finally a young english CB Taylor, shawcross, wheater, any just bid what is required as would still like us to have a good number of british players at our club.

Saturday 29th August 08:08 Report Comment

Aaron MythenWell said Wayne lets get behind Hibbert and Yobo ( who had a fantastic game on Thur ) but is still being criticised here??? Also I have to agree with Paul Fearon's comment....Why do we need another striker?? We only play 4-5-1, have 3 strikers and 2 young lads ( and Baxter on the way ).... we also have Cahill and Felliani who can play behind the frontman and get goals!!! And before anyone else starts moaning about 4-5-1 have a look at the top four they have been employing similar formations for yrs!!! If you have good players coming from deep it is the BEST formation...COYB!!!!!!

Saturday 29th August 03:23 Report Comment

alexis leungFirst thing first, we need 3 points. Come on every body!

Saturday 29th August 03:11 Report Comment

Wayne Instonemake no misstake, Moyes is no mug. This is a quality signing. He is mature as most quality centre halves are, he is fully adjusted to Premiershire football, and did not cost too much. A great bit of business. What we need is a right sided player. Pinear is on the left and should be kept there, because him and baines have a great understanding. It would be a shame if that was split up to accomodate billy. Can we get behind Hibbet, he is Everton through and through and while I agree thats not enough, all the critisism cant be helping him. He just needs to make more use of the ball, instead of a big boot all the time. when we get all the players fit, Artetea etc, we will be a very competetive side, more than capable of the top 4.

Friday 28th August 18:58 Report Comment

David LoganA good competent defender with a professional track record. I think Distin is a mature, tried and tested Central defender. We need a right back - Hibbert looks out of his depth. Our goal should be to finish fourth this season at the expense of Lescott's Man City - just to rub salt into his wounds. Hopefully we can start with a great win against Wigan and get off the bottom! The only way is up! Thank God we did not sign Richard Dunne - the donkey!

Friday 28th August 18:12 Report Comment

Peter Jonesgood signing well done everton, nice to see the new faces startig to flow! we need to set up ur own blueroom, anyone know how to create one? missing the rumours!

Friday 28th August 17:11 Report Comment

Adam Rowdendistin is deffinitely a good signoing but not a very addequate replacement for lescott. he is 31. therefore i still feel another centre back would be a priority. also a right back, it is sad to have to say it because i really like tony hibbert, BUT he just isnt good enough any more. when ew were a mid table side he was perfect; hard working, commited and a local lad. however the team has improved somewhat since then and a more attacking right back who is comfortable on the ball is needed. like hutton from spurs for example. no more strikers please moysey weve got loads. we only really need cover in midfield as we already have fellaini, cahill, arteta, neville, billy, osman and pienaar. if we sign any one else who is as good as these guys then it will just encourage moyes to play 451 all season as he tries to accomodate for 8 or 9 quality midfielders. some good cover would be nice. but the main thing to do is to bolster the depth and quality of the defence. trust in moyes! peace.

Friday 28th August 16:56 Report Comment

Jagatraj SatyalWe need now the striker Sir David Moyes .... Best Striker available right now...... Like Shiva of chelsea ,Hesan Crespo ....Tery Henry Top Striker.............Sir If can buy the central defender too Take care David Moyes peace

Friday 28th August 16:27 Report Comment

padraig mc guinnessdecent signing in distin i feel he'l be a great addition to the squad,moyesie i hope you will pull off a big signing before the window closes

Friday 28th August 16:06 Report Comment

Paul Fearoncan someone tell me why we need another striker? we only play 1 a game at that me and we already have 3 class strikers in the yak, saha and jo and good youngsters in vaughan and anichebe when hes back. why would we need another?

Friday 28th August 16:02 Report Comment

Tom LeeI work at the estate agents on the corner of Cross Street, Hale. Today we had Mountinho of Sporting Lisbon in looking at a house in the area. He was interested in the transport links to LIverpool and noted the Everton calender on the wall behind a colleagues desk, he signed the cover. Definately going to happen 100%!!!!!

Friday 28th August 15:41 Report Comment

ANDY GILILGANWelcome Lid. It's good to have some experience in our defence as Tony and Joseph don't look comfortable there at the moment, sort them out please!!!! I think you will make an excellent partnership with Jags once he's up and running.

Friday 28th August 15:18 Report Comment

Callum Daviesdescent signing maybe moyesy should take a risk and get in the market for shevchenko? COYB

Friday 28th August 14:51 Report Comment

gary brownwelcome slyvain. hope your experience helps tighten up are defence starting sunday. keep bringin in the signings moyes 3 or 4 still need.

Friday 28th August 14:46 Report Comment

Michael DunnWelcome Slyvain. Now for some more, Another forward?? Just heard Shevchenko has been told he can leave Chelsea, got to be worth a sneaky loan bid. He might still feel he has a point to prove in the Premiership. COYB

Friday 28th August 14:41 Report Comment

Wayne InstoneWe urgently needed a centre half. He is not only good, but very experienced in the Premiership. Good signing Moysey. O'neil thought he was good enough for him also.

Friday 28th August 14:33 Report Comment

Johan ElmgrenWhile it's good to have some experienced cover at CB, I can't but feel that the sum that is touted around, £5.3m, is a bit steep for a player that turns 32 in December. But I guess the price depends much on that it's so close to the end of the transfer-window and P-mouth have so little time to find a replacement... Looking forward to the season though, and hopefully DM will bring in a couple of other exciting players. It would be very interesting to see Banega in a blue shirt, and maybe we also could get Cahill, Taylor or Shawcross in as well. COYB

Friday 28th August 14:30 Report Comment

colin dolman A BIG EVERTON WELL COME TO DISTIN NICE TO HAVE SOME NEW FACES AT R CLUB KEEP THEM COMEING DM C O Y B

Friday 28th August 14:20 Report Comment

Gaz TylerWELL DONE MOYES IN BRINGING IN A REPLACEMENT FOR LESCOTT.YOU HAVE REACTED QUICK AND I THINK HE IS THE IDEAL PLAYER WHAT WE NEED.HE MAYBE 31 BUT HE HAS GOT QUALITY AND THATS WHAT WE WANT.LETS GET MORE SIGNINGS B4 THE DEAD LINE.COYB.

Friday 28th August 14:05 Report Comment

Andrew Bedwardwelcome sylvain, top move davey now for a right back and cover at CB. great result last night considering the 10 men a great team effort COYB !

Friday 28th August 14:02 Report Comment

David GrundyWelcome Syvain. Really good to swapt one left footer for one that's equally good, of not better!! Steven Taylor next and a loan midfielder / winger and we will have our strongest squad for years. I hope Vaughany isn't being swapped over at Stoke.

Friday 28th August 13:59 Report Comment

sean Gallenbrillant finallly a gud defender we need 2 or 3 more players

Friday 28th August 13:49 Report Comment

Dan EFCAre you telling me we have beaten off competition from another premier league club for a player?

Friday 28th August 13:38 Report Comment

James BowmanGood signing and will add a lot of experience to the team. Still think we're a center back short though, maybe a bit younger then Distin. Still think we need a right-back and right-midfielder aswell, still got a few days let though. Have a feeling it might be a busy couple of days. Well done though David Moyes!!

Friday 28th August 13:15 Report Comment

John DaviesWell done Moysey. Good signing but we could still do with another centre back (Cahill or Taylor would be nice) and a right back to replace Hibbert (bless him). £20+M for Lescott was brilliant. Sorry to see him go but if that arrogant .... Hughes wants to pay that much then we have to take it. Hope you get all of that money plus any more you had anyway to continue the brilliant progress at EFC. Well done Bill Kenwright also. COYB!!!

Friday 28th August 13:14 Report Comment

Iain ToomerA secure signing, competent and professional. I look forward to seeing him in blue and wish him well. It would be nice to discuss with other blues thier thoughts. Any news on Blueroom?

Friday 28th August 13:09 Report Comment

Aaron MythenThis is a good signing for the club.... I dont care what anyone says in todays market 6 million ( or 5.3 as some are reporting ) is not too much for a quality centre half with yrs of Premiership experience behind him despite his age!! People here have questioned the price and suggested that it is coz we have left it so late and this has pushed the price up.... I have even seen comments saying that we only paid 4-5 million for Jags and Lescott and scoffing at the price of this signing.... Both Jags and Lescott had little or no top level exp and were signed 2 or 3 yrs ago in a different market when prices across the board were lower!!! We need to get real and accept that this is a FAIR price and a GOOD deal for this club!!! Now lets get 3pts on Sunday and get our season up and running... COYB!!!!

Friday 28th August 13:01 Report Comment

frank mileyWelcome to Everton Distin your a top quality player and will fit in to the Everton style. Keep spending moyes get another 3 in before the deadline well done so far and congrads in getting us into the europa league.

Friday 28th August 12:52 Report Comment

Luke BottomleyWelcome To Goodison. A good signing, solid and dependable. COYB

Friday 28th August 12:46 Report Comment

John BukleyA good signing. Plenty of experience in the league. Welcome to Everton Sylvain.

Friday 28th August 12:45 Report Comment
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