Everton have completed the signing of midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure from Watford in a £20m deal.

The 27-year-old has signed a three-year deal at Goodison Park with the option of a further year and becomes the third major signing in four days following the arrivals of Colombia international James Rodriguez from Real Madrid and Brazil midfielder Allan from Napoli.

Watford had begun negotiations wanting £35m for the French midfielder, who scored 17 goals in 141 appearances during his four-year stay at Vicarage Road.

“I have been waiting a long time to come here and now it has happened so I am very happy,” Doucoure told the club’s website.

“I had some interest from other clubs but from the beginning when Everton showed an interest in me I told my agent to focus on Everton. It was the only club I wanted to join.

“Everton has a big history in English football and it is a good club for me to have a step up in my career. I am very happy now to be an Everton player and very excited for the future.

“It is an ambitious project here and it was a big part of my decision, having [Director of Football] Marcel [Brands] and the coach Carlo Ancelotti wanting me.”

Doucoure will wear the shirt number 16 at Goodison Park, which has been vacant since James McCarthy left the club for Crystal Palace a year ago.

The 27-year-old declared himself “ready” for Everton’s Premier League opener at Tottenham on Sunday.

“From the first day I spoke to the manager [Ancelotti], he said straight away where I can improve,” said Doucoure.

“What I am good on, where I can get better – so, of course, since the beginning, I knew he could improve me. He wants me to play a box-to-box role in the midfield. I think it is my best position.

“I can bring my energy to the team… I am a powerful player, I can run a lot, all the game. I can add goals as well. I will try my best to score goals and help the team. I want to win some trophies.”

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