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Everton sign defender Cuco Martina after expiry of Southampton contract

Everton sign defender Cuco Martina after expiry of Southampton contract
From ESPN - July 17, 2017

Cuco Martina has been reunited with his old Southampton boss Ronald Koeman after moving to Everton on a free transfer.

The right-back, 27, was out of contract with the Saints after two years on the south coast and has now penned a three-year deal at Goodison Park.

Martina was signed by Southampton when Toffees boss Koeman was in charge and the defender has also played under Everton assistant Erwin Koeman, Ronald's brother, during his time in Netherlands.

Everton have had a busy summer in the transfer market, bringing in the likes of Wayne Rooney, Sandro Ramirez and Jordan Pickford, and Martina admits their approach persuaded him to move to Merseyside.

"Everton is a big club with big ambitions and I am really looking forward to joining this group of players and the manager as we try to step forward next season," the defender told Everton's website. "Obviously, I know the manager from my time at Southampton, so I know what he wants and he knows what I can do.

"Everton supporters are really passionate about their club and everyone's excited about where the club is aiming. You can see this is a club that wants to achieve something and the players we are bringing certainly show this."

The Toffees' regular right-back Seamus Coleman suffered a double-leg break while on international duty in March so will miss the start of this campaign, while Koeman was also keen to acquire more defensive options ahead of their return to the Europa League.

- Everton (@Everton) July 17, 2017

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