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Donny Van De Beek becomes Frank Lampard’s first signing as Everton boss

Everton have signed Donny Van De Beek on loan from Manchester United for the remainder of the season.

The Dutch international is new manager Frank Lampard’s first signing at Everton as he attempts to take his new club away from the danger zone.

There is no buy option at the of the loan deal.

Everton have paid a loan fee and agreed to pay his full salary.

Van De Beek joined Manchester United from Ajax in 2020 for a fee of £35 million but failed to make an impact at the club struggling for game time.

He played 50 games for The Red Devils scoring only twice and assisting twice, his most successful spell was at Ajax.

The box-to-box midfielder was there for five years from 2015-2020 and played 175 games for the club scoring 41 goals and assisting 35 showcasing his attacking talents.

Ajax’s impressive run to the Champions League semi-final in the 2018/19 season meant plenty of sides showed interest in him as he was a key man, scoring in the semi-final against Tottenham.

So the 24-year-old will be hoping this move to Everton can help reignite the form that he had whilst at the Amsterdam club.

He won three major honours at his time at Ajax wining the Eredivisie, the KNVB cup and the Johan Cruyff Shield.

Unfortunately for him and Everton he is cup tied for Lampard’s debut game against Brentford in the FA Cup so his debut will be against Newcastle United in the league, if he is selected. 

On joining Everton Van De Beek said to Everton Tv:

“Now I can say I am an Everton player, I am really happy and can’t wait to help the team.”

“I think it is a great club, there are really good players here and I came because I want to help them go up the table.

“I hope to bring my football qualities, my passing, and, of course, scoring goals. It is a big part of my game to score and give assists and I will try to do that again. And it is not only offensive, you have to defend as a midfielder and I can do that as well.”

The Netherlands international, who has played 19 times for his country, explained how his first discussion went with his new manager Lampard.

“I had a really positive meeting with the new coach. We have the same ideas about football and he had a lot of influence on my decision,” said Van De Beek.

“I played against him when I was at Ajax, and he was at Chelsea, so he knows me as a player. He thinks I have qualities that can help the team.

“I can learn a lot from him because he was a little bit in the same position – a midfield player who scored a lot of goals. 

“He can help me a lot, so I think I’m in a good spot, I want to improve with Everton. There are always things that can be better and I work hard every day to do that.”

He will be training with the first team straightaway and has confirmed that he thinks he will be ready for selection against Newcastle.

READ MORE: Frank Lampard announced as Everton’s new permanent manager

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