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Everton announce free transfer from Andros Townsend as ex-Crystal Palace winger becomes first signing of era Rafael Benitez and more to follow


Everton have confirmed the signing of Andros Townsend on a two-year contract.

The winger, 30, joins the Toffees on a free transfer after his contract with Crystal Palace expires.

Townsend, a regular talkSPORT guest, becomes Rafael Benitez-era first signing at Goodison Park.

“I think everyone knows what Everton is. It’s a huge football club, it’s very ambitious, a club that has tried to get back to its place in Europe and beyond,” Townsend said. to evertontv “I will do whatever I can to help the Club do it.”

“Everton are a huge football club and have big ambitions next season. As the old cliché goes, it was obvious.

“Rafa [Benitez] is very experienced. He does a lot of tactical work on the training ground, he leaves no stone unturned. But more importantly, he’s a great man, a great man-manager, and he always speaks to you. I am sure he will be very successful here.

Everton announce free transfer from Andros Townsend as ex-Crystal Palace winger becomes first signing of era Rafael Benitez and more to follow
Andros Townsend has scored once and recorded five assists in 34 Premier League appearances in his last season with Crystal Palace
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The England international, who spent five years at Selhurst Park following a move from Newcastle United, is one of many top players released by the Eagles.

New boss Patrick Vieira wants to revolutionize the South London outfit in his image after taking over from Roy Hodgson earlier this month.

This means Townsend has been offered another Premier League chance, with Benitez being a big admirer of the 30-year-old.

Benitez may not have been the popular choice among Everton fans who have pledged their allegiance to Liverpool, but the Spaniard has started his new role with authority.

Everton announce free transfer from Andros Townsend as ex-Crystal Palace winger becomes first signing of era Rafael Benitez and more to follow
The Toffees finished tenth last season and Benitez will have to do better than that
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In addition to Townsend, Benitez is reportedly keen to sign Burnley’s Dwight McNeil for £ 25million.

The England Under-21 international has shone at Turf Moor since he took the stage 18 months ago, with the Liverpool Echo claiming Benitez wanted larger men to complement Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Demarai Gray is also under consideration, with the former Leicester City winger not moving to Bayer Leverkusen until January, but Benitez is keen to give his side more momentum.

Meanwhile, it is understood that goalkeeper Asmir Begovic will join the Toffees this summer.

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