Everton splash out £50m in a day in double swoop and issue statement of intent

 
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Davy Klaassen has joined Everton from Ajax (Source: Getty)

Everton issued a statement of intent to their Premier League rivals by splashing out close to £50m in signing Ajax skipper Davy Klaassen and Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Holland midfielder Klaassen, who scored 49 goals in 163 appearances while winning three Eredivisie titles with the Dutch side, joined the Goodison Park ranks for a fee of £23.6m.

The Toffees, meanwhile, paid an initial £25m, which could rise by another £5m with potential add-ons, to Sunderland for Pickford who is currently on England Under-21 duty at the European Championship.

“It is difficult to leave Ajax but I think this is a good step for me now,” said Klaassen.

Pickford joined Klaassen in declaring his intent on proving his worth in the upper echelons of the Premier League after becoming the most expensive British goalkeeper in history, taking over from Fraser Forster who cost £10m in 2014.

“Last season was my first in the Premier League so to get this opportunity with Everton now, to be able to go forward with my career and show everyone what I can do with Everton is unbelievable,” said Pickford.

Dethroned Premier League champions Leicester kicked off their summer spending with the £17m capture of Hull’s former Sheffield United centre-half Harry Maguire.

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