Everton sign Bernard, Mina, Gomes in final hour of window

Action Images via Reuters  John Clifton

Action Images via Reuters John Clifton

Bernard, a 25-year-old capped 14 times by Brazil, was a free agent after his contract with Shakhtar Donetsk expired.

Everton will pay Barcelona £2m for the season long loan and will also pay the player's wages.

But Bernard instead opted to link up with Marco Silva at Goodison Park.

Barcelona can buy the centre-half back for around £30m if he does well at Goodison but, for now, he is an Everton player.

He has been able to confirm the first of those deals with Brazilian playmaker Bernard arriving on a four-year contract on Thursday afternoon.

The highly rated 25-year-old was convinced to come and play his football under new manager Marco Silva, as Everton look to begin a new era and build upon last season's eighth-placed finish.

"For me, it was really good to speak to him because I know how good he is and I feel motivated to work with him and to play for Everton, a great club".

"Everton is historically the fourth most successful club in England", said Bernard.

"It is important that the Club want to fight for something", Mina told evertontv. This is a great opportunity for me and I am looking forward to competing here.

Everton and Fulham stole the show on the Premier League's transfer deadline day, as both clubs welcomed several eye-catching signings.

Asked specifically about his chat with Silva, he continued: 'I did not need a lot of convincing.

Gomes joined Barcelona from Valencia in 2016 for (£31.46) €35m but has struggled to nail down a starting place at the Nou Camp.

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