Completing their second major signing of transfer deadline day, Everton have announced the permanent capture of Aaron Lennon, with the former Leeds United and Tottenham winger returning to Goodison Park on a three-year deal.
Lennon spent the second half of the 2014-15 Premier League season on loan with the Toffees before returning to Spurs this summer. Manager Roberto Martinez, however, made the permanent acquisition of the 28-year-old one of his last transfer window goals, with Everton declining to disclose a fee that’s been reportedly near £4.5 million.
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“We are delighted to welcome Aaron back to Everton,” Martinez said in a statement posted to evertonfc.com. “We know we are getting a player our fans know inside out. He had a major role in the second half of our season and we’re looking forward to Aaron kicking on and continuing to enjoy his football, as well as being the productive player we know he can be.”
Lennon arrived at Everton on Feb. 1 and stayed with the club through the remainder of the last Premier League season, making 14 appearances and scoring twice during his time in blue.
Now, having permanently moved west, Lennon is ending a 10-year stint at White Hart Lane, where he made 364 all-competition appearances and scored 30 times after departing Leeds United in 2005.
“He is well-respected in the dressing room, his experience in the Premier League is immense and he will immediately add to our squad and to the ambition we have as a club,” Martinez explained.
The arrival of the 21-time England international bolsters the attacking midfield options for Martinez, who has started a trio of Arouna Kone, Ross Barkley and Tom Cleverley behind striker Romelu Lukaku since the first game of the Premier League season. With Lennon joining Steven Naismith, Kevin Mirallas and Gerard Deulofeu on Everton’s bench, Martinez has the depth he sought at the beginning of the transfer window, even if he was unable to snare the pure backup he’d sought for Barkley for the team’s No. 10 role.
The Toffees also signed Argentine defender Ramiro Funes Mori on Tuesday and announced the acquisition to forward Leandro Rodriguez from Uruguay’s River Plate this weekend.
Everton return from the international break on Saturday, Sept. 12 when Chelsea visit Goodison Park.
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