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Cuco Martina: Everton sign out-of-contract Southampton defender

Cuco Martina: Everton sign out-of-contract Southampton defender

Everton have confirmed the signing of defender Cuco Martina on a three-year-contract.

Wayne Rooney has completed a return to Everton after 13 years at Manchester United, while big-money signings include Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane and Davy Klaassen.

And the Curacao global made no secret of his delight at finally signing for the Toffees.

He made 36 appearances over two seasons at Southampton, scoring his only goal in a 4-0 win over Arsenal with a long-range strike beyond Petr Cech.

The Toffees' regular right-back Seamus Coleman suffered a double-leg break while on global duty in March so will miss the start of this campaign, while Koeman was also keen to acquire more defensive options ahead of their return to the Europa League.

"Obviously, I know the manager from my time at Southampton, so I know what he wants and he knows what I can do", he added.

"You can see this is a club that wants to achieve something", said Martina, who has 30 caps for the Caribbean nation of Curacao.

"Everton supporters are really passionate about their Club and everyone's excited about where the Club is aiming".

"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", the defender told Everton's website.

Barkley has rejected the club's offer of a new contract and seems unlikely to sign a deal while Everton manager Koeman is targeting more players for the same position with Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson still on his wanted list.

"It is also important, with the number of games we will face in the coming campaign, that we have strength and competition in the squad".

"When you come to a new club, you need to get to know one another so the training camp in Holland will be great for me and for the other new players as well. He is a player who will strengthen our squad and be able to play in different positions when that's needed, too".