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OFFICIAL! EVERTON CONFIRM DEAL WITH PREMIER LEAGUE RIVALS FOR MIDFIELDER

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OFFICIAL! EVERTON CONFIRM DEAL WITH PREMIER LEAGUE RIVALS FOR MIDFIELDER

As the deal to sign Super Eagles star, Alex Iwobi, from Arsenal in a £35 million plus add-ons transfer edges closer, Everton have confirmed the exit of midfielder, Muhamed Besic, on a season-long loan to Premier League rivals, Sheffield United, on transfer deadline day.

The Merseyside club signed Besic from Hungarian team Ferencvaros in the summer of 2014 for £4 million after representing Bosnia-Herzegovina at the FIFA World Cup, with the 26-year-old midfielder making 56 appearances in all competitions for Everton ever since.

However, Besic spent the second half of the 2017/18 season on loan at Middlesbrough in the Championship, before returning to the Riverside Stadium to spend all of the 2018/19 campaign their alongside former Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, narrowly missing out on a promotion playoff place.

His displays at Boro were enough to see the Blades make a move for the Bosnian and Sheffield United boss, Chris Wilder expressed his happiness at getting Besic whom he described as a midfielder with a great pedigree.

“I am delighted to get a midfielder through the door. Mo is a proper player. He has great pedigree which includes playing internationally and playing in the Premier League,” Wilder told the club website after the move was sealed on Thursday evening.

He added: “He is an excellent all-round central midfielder. He is someone who can do everything we want a midfielder to do. Mo has played as a defensive midfielder for his country but he can also play further forward. Overall we feel this window has been a great success.”

Besic becomes the 10th arrival at the Blades, with the likes of Ravel Morrison, Luke Freeman, Oliver McBurnie, Michael Verrips, Ben Osborn, Dean Henderson, Lys Mousset and Callum Robinson among the new faces at Bramall Lane ahead of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign.

The midfielder will be meeting a familiar face at the club, with Phil Jagielka also signing for Sheffield United earlier in the transfer window on a free transfer after his contract at Everton expired at the end of last season.

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