Everton’s busy transfer window shows no signs of letting up after they announced the signing of defender Cuco Martina from Southampton on a free transfer on Monday.
The 27-year-old has signed a three-year-deal at Goodison Park and again links up with manager Ronald Koeman, who coached him at the south-coast club.
Netherlands-born Martina, who captains Curacao at international level, becomes the Toffees’ seventh summer signing, joining Wayne Rooney, Sandro Ramirez, Henry Onyekuru, Davy Klaassen, Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane at the Premier League club.
Martina, who played 36 times for Southampton after arriving at the club from FC Twente in 2015, cited Everton’s ambition as the main reason for signing.
“Everton is a big club with big ambitions and I’m really looking forward to joining this group of players and the manager as we try to step forward next season,” Martina told the club website.
“Obviously, I know the manager from my time at Southampton, so I know what he wants and he knows what I can do.”
Everton boss Koeman said that Martina’s versatility was a big factor in making a move for the former Feyenoord youth player.
“Cuco Martina is an experienced player who can perform in different positions at the back, which is important,” Koeman said.
“I brought the player to Southampton, so I know what he can do for us here and this is why I’ve now brought him to Everton. He is a player who will strengthen our squad and be able to play in different positions when that’s needed, too.”
Martina has 30 international caps for the Caribbean former Dutch colony of Curacao, who were knocked out of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Sunday.
West Brom have strengthened their defensive options with the signing of Egypt international Ahmed Hegazi.
Albion have been tracking the 26-year-old centre-half since his performances caught their eye during the African Nations Cup at the start of the year.
Hegazi has moved to the Hawthorns on a year-long loan but West Brom have the option to make it a permanent deal.
“We’re pleased he’s here, he’s a good addition. He’s got good pedigree and has played for some good clubs. Hopefully he’ll be a good signing for us,” Baggies boss Tony Pulis told the club’s official website.
“With it being a loan and, if he does well, we’ve already agreed a final deal. It’s really, really good for us.”
Hegazi has flown out to Hong Kong to link up with the West Brom squad ahead of their Premier League Asia Trophy game with Premier League rivals Leicester on Wednesday, although he will need international clearance to play in the tournament.
The Egyptian spent time with Italian club Fiorentina earlier in his career, only for injuries to hamper his progress. He returned to his homeland with Al Ahly, where he has spent the last two seasons.
Chelsea’s latest signing of the summer so far is midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from AS Monaco.
The 22-year-old, who played a leading role in Monaco’s run to the Champions League semi-finals last season has signed a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge.
The France international has reportedly cost the Blues around £40million.
Bakayoko comes with a reputation of being a ball-winner as Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim and national team coach Didier Deschamps suggests.
The video below takes a closer look at the defensive midfielder.