Everton make Martina their latest signing

Evrard Martin
Juillet 17, 2017

Everton have announced the signing of former Southampton defender Cuco Martina on a three-year deal.

Martina, 27, has joined Everton on a free following the expiry of his contract at Southampton, where he played under Koeman and made 36 appearances over two seasons.

Right-back Martina, who had been released by Southampton, joins fellow new recruits Jordan Pickford, Wayne Rooney, Davy Klaassen, Sandro Ramirez and Michael Keane at Goodison Park, while Henry Onyekuru also joined before being loaned to Anderlecht for the coming year.

Martina will add to Everton's defensive options as regular right-back Seamus Coleman continues to recover from a broken leg sustained on worldwide duty with Republic of Ireland in March.

"We will play against Twente, one of my old clubs too, and I'm really looking forward to showing everyone what I can do".

"Obviously, I know the manager from my time at Southampton, so I know what he wants and he knows what I can do".

'Cuco Martina is an experienced player who can perform in different positions at the back, which is important, ' he said. You can see this is a club that wants to achieve something and the players we are bringing certainly show this.

"When you come to a new club, you need to get to know one another so the training camp in Holland will be great for me and for the other new players as well". He also captains the Curacao national team and just completed playing at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. "He is a player who will strengthen our squad and be able to play in different positions when that's needed, too".

The club have explained a groin injury has again prevented the midfielder from joining Koeman's squad. Barkley had been given an ultimatum this summer of signing a new contract or being sold but last week his manager claimed his future was no clearer.

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