Everton SIGN Burnley's Dwight McNeil in deal worth £20m plus add-ons

Everton SIGN Dwight McNeil in deal worth £20m plus add-ons… as the winger joins James Tarkowski to become the second Burnley player to arrive at Goodison Park after penning a five-year contract with the Toffees

  • Everton have announced the signing of Burnley playmaker Dwight McNeil
  • McNeil has penned a five-year contract in a deal worth £20million plus add-ons  
  • The 22-year-old underwent a medical with the Toffees on Wednesday night 
  • He became the second player to swap Turf Moor for Goodison Park this summer
  • Ex-Burnley stalwart James Tarkowski joined Everton on a free transfer in July 
  • Everton are also exploring a return for PSG midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye

Everton have signed Burnley winger Dwight McNeil in a deal worth £20million deal plus add-ons.

The 22-year-old is the Toffees’ third signing of the summer after ex-Burnley team-mate James Tarkowski and Portuguese defender Ruben Vinagre on loan.

McNeil underwent a medical on Wednesday night and signed a five-year deal with the club until June 2027.

Everton have signed Burnley winger Dwight McNeil in a deal worth £20million plus add-ons

The Clarets are also exploring a return for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye.

McNeil has had no shortage of Premier League interest following the Clarets’ relegation to the Championship and Sportsmail understands he was wanted by the Toffees when Rafael Benitez was in charge. 

The Englishman had two years left on his contract at Turf Moor but Burnley decided to cash in on the winger now, despite having the option to extend his deal until 2025. 

The Toffees have also been offered the chance to re-sign their former midfielder Idrissa Gueye

Everton had also previously tried to sign McNeil’s Burnley team-mate Maxwel Cornet – who has a £17.5m release clause in his contract – but the two sides ultimately failed to come to an agreement.

McNeil scored seven goals in 137 Premier League appearances for the Clarets before leaving following their relegation last season.  

‘It is an amazing feeling to sign,’ he told Everton TV.

McNeil believes Frank Lampard will help him contribute more goals and assists at Everton

‘When I heard about Everton’s interest I wanted to get it done straight away because of the club and how good the team is.

‘I feel playing under a manager like Frank Lampard, he will help me to get my stats up – and that is what I want to do and improve my game.

‘Speaking to the manager about what they want going forward, it really excited me and appealed to me. I wanted to be part of it. 

The Toffees boss admitted: ‘He has huge talent and is exactly the type of player we want [here]’

‘He knows me as a player, as does (director of football) Kevin Thelwell. I want to work hard and do well for the team and for the fans.’

Lampard, who narrowly avoided relegation to the Championship last campaign, said: ‘I have been a big admirer of Dwight for some time.

‘He has huge talent and is exactly the type of player we want to bring into the squad to help us improve.’

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