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Everton add Ivory Coast midfielder to help fill Gueye hole

Everton Unveil New Signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin

HALEWOOD, ENGLAND - AUGUST 2: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Jean-Philippe Gbamin poses for photo after signing for Everton at USM Finch Farm on August 2, 2019 in Halewood, England. (Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

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Everton feels its found its replacement for Idrissa Gana Gueye, who left for Paris Saint-Germain.

The man’s name is Jean-Philippe Gbamin, a 23-year-old from Mainz who can also play center back and cost the Toffees about $7 million less than the $36.5 PSG paid for Gueye.

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“I’m excited because Everton is a great club here in England with a big history and ambition so I didn’t think for more than a moment - I wanted to come here,” Gbamin said.

“I like to go in the duels. I like to run a lot and tackle. I also pass good and have a good transition. All the rest, the fans will see. I will give everything on the pitch.”

He chipped in two goals and an assist in 31 matches last season, and is a steady passer who ranked near the top of Mainz’s leaders last season.

A French youth international, Gbamin has now been capped nine times by the Ivory Coast. He had an assist in three appearances during Les Elephants’ quarterfinal run at the Africa Cup of Nations.

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