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Everton sign striker Beto from Udinese

Everton have completed the signing of Portuguese striker Beto from Serie A side Udinese for around £25.7 million.

He has signed a four-year deal with the club until 2027m and becomes the Toffees’ fifth summer signing.

The Merseyside club has already signed Ashley Young, Arnaut Danjuma, Youssef Chermiti and Jack Harrison during the transfer window.

Beto will join Everton to provide firepower up front after showcasing his prowess in the Italian top flight. 

He bagged ten goals and an assist in 33 Serie A games last term, almost matching his tally of 11 from the previous season.

Besides his goalscoring prowess, Beto is fast for his size and possesses excellent hold-up ability.

Everton have been desperate to add quality to their frontline, with Dominic Calvert Lewin struggling with injuries.

Neal Maupay has been wasteful in front of goal. The Frenchman scored once last season and missed seven big chances.

He has yet to open his account for Everton this term and has already missed two big chances.

Everton need a striker to finish off the chances they create while fitting into manager Sean Dyche’s style, and they may have found the perfect match in Beto.

Beto told Everton TV: “It feels good to join Everton. I have always appreciated them as a club.

“Everton is a big, big club in the Premier League, well respected and has a big history. It was easy to make this move.

“When a club like Everton tries to buy you in January and then comes again in the summer, you feel like, ‘Okay, they want me for real’, so that made the decision easy for me as well. 

“My idol, Samuel Eto’o, played here, too, which makes it even more special.”

The striker added that his best quality is his effort on the pitch. He is a hard worker and quite enthusiastic about the move and cannot wait to get started.

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