Aston Villa have signed Everton left-back Lucas Digne in a £25m deal.
It comes after several days of negotiations, with Villa overcoming the interest of Chelsea, Newcastle and West Ham for the former Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona defender.
Steven Gerrard brought on his second signature as coach after the arrival of former Liverpool teammate Philippe Coutinho, and Brighton midfielder Yves Bisuma was also a target.
Gerrard told the club’s website: “When Lucas became available, we took the opportunity to bring him to the club.
“Signing a player of his origin and quality in the January window is a great addition to our squad and his arrival excites me and excites everyone associated with Aston Villa.”
Denny says Gerrard was the “key factor” behind his decision to move to Villa.
“I came here for the manager,” said Digne.
“I had a good meeting with him, and we spoke several times during this month. I feel his desire to win, to show football as a coach – attacking ball, possession.
“I feel like that’s what I want and what I want to show the fans.”
Deeney, who has three and a half years left on his Everton contract, told the club he wanted to leave Goodison Park this month after a row with manager Rafa Benitez.
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Deeney appeared to take a farewell shot at Benitez on Wednesday night as he bid farewell to Everton, after the Spaniard announced his desire to leave last week.
“Everything must come to an end,” Digne wrote on Instagram. “I wasn’t expecting things to end like this. What happened and some of the things that have been said about me in the last month have made me so sad.
“I will always carry you with me in my heart wherever I go.
“Sometimes it only takes one person on the outside to destroy a beautiful love affair.”
Sky Sports News He was told Everton wanted £30m for Digne, who joined from Barcelona in 2018.
Everton have already signed Ukraine international Vitaly Mikolenko as a substitute. The Toffees also acquired Rangers and Scottish right-back Nathan Patterson in a £16m deal earlier in the January window.
So far this season, Deeney has played 15 games and scored once for Everton, who are 15th in the standings, before their away game at Norwich on Saturday.
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