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Everton sign Schneiderlin in $29.2 million deal

Manchester United v Everton - Premier League

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 03: Morgan Schneiderlin of Manchester United evades James McCarthy of Everton (16) during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on April 3, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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Morgan Schneiderlin has completed his $29.2 million move to Everton with the Merseyside club putting down $24.3 million up front and the rest in installments.

Schneiderlin, 27, joins the Toffees from Manchester United after spending 18 months at Old Trafford but fell out of favor towards the end of the 2015-16 season and has been used sparingly by Jose Mourinho this campaign.

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United managed to recoup pretty much all of the transfer fee they paid for Schneiderlin in the summer of 2015.

The French international midfielder played under current Everton boss Ronald Koeman at Southampton and was delighted to join on a long-term deal.

He is available to play against Manchester City at Goodison Park this Sunday.

Schneiderlin will slot in alongside Idrissa Gueye in central midfield to provide a slightly more composed option on the ball, but also help Gueye break up play and gain possession for the Toffees.

He is a master of interceptions and winning tackles, plus timing late runs into the box. He’s exactly what Everton needed to bolster their midfield with James McCarthy, Gueye and Gareth Barry also options in the engine room.

Koeman will hope Schneiderlin is the first of many additions this January.

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