- Demerai Gray £1.7m . has become Everton’s third summer arrival after signing for
- Former Leicester winger Gray Bayer joins club after spell with Leverkusen
- He has signed a three-year deal which includes an option for one more year.
- Gray insists he can ‘develop’ at Everton and help them move on to next season
Everton have officially announced the £1.7million signing of winger Demarai Grey from Bayer Leverkusen on a three-year contract.
Gray touched down in Florida, where the club is currently holding a pre-season training camp on Thursday and successfully completed his medical.
He has put pen to paper on a deal that includes an option for a fourth year, and has become Everton’s third new addition in his summer.
Everton confirm signing of Demarai Gray from Bayer Leverkusen on three-year deal
A Premier League title winner with Leicester since the 2015–16 season, Gray has also played for England at every level from Under-18 to Under-21.
Speaking to Everton’s in-house media channel, the 25-year-old admitted that he is keen to help propel the club to European football again.
“I am delighted to be back in the Premier League at such a great club and look forward to playing and working with the team,” Gray said. evertontv.
Gray touched down for his medical in Florida on Thursday before his contract was officially terminated
‘Talking to the manager and’ [director of football] Marcel Brands, I had a really good experience for the club and I think it’s a place where I can continue to grow.
‘Manager, his ambition and what he has won in the past is important and we will try to move forward and compete with the top clubs.
‘I think a club of this magnitude has all the potential to be right there.
‘Everything fits in with what Marcel and the manager have told me, including the club’s ambitions and goals.
A Premier League title winner with Leicester since 2016, Gray is now returning to the top-flight
‘Everton is a huge club and the main objective is to push back up the table and compete.
‘I want to work hard on the training pitch and do my best for the club on the pitch.’
In a slick announcement video posted on Everton’s social media platform, it was revealed that Gray will sport the No. 11 shirt this season.
He initially progressed through the ranks at Birmingham before Leicester saw him lift the top-flight trophy aged just 19.
Rafa Benitez makes Gray his third signing of the summer as he prepares for the new season
However, after struggling for regular match action under Brendan Rodgers, Gray was allowed to leave King Power in January, and then join Leverkusen.
There, he made a total of 12 appearances and scored one goal – and his eyes are now on proving himself once again in England.
“I want to move on, be a key player in the team, help the team score goals and score goals,” Gray said.
“I feel that I am now at a stage in my career where I can put everything together and achieve the goals I set for myself.
Gray was able to leave Leicester in January after Brendan Rodgers was out of support
‘Personally, I want to help this team succeed, win games and be top of the table and enjoy their football.
“I’m a fast, tricky winger who enjoys running with the ball. I like to play anywhere with the front three and feel like I can be dangerous in all areas.
‘And with the ability I know and believe in myself, I can help this team.’