By Derek Smithson
Everton have completed the signing of defender Cuco Martina, it was confirmed on Monday afternoon.
The Toffees announced on their official website that they have secured a deal for the 27-year-old and that he has arrived at Goodison Park on a free transfer.
The right-back was out of contract following his departure from Southampton in the summer and he has now linked up former boss Ronald Koeman at Everton.
Koeman is convinced that Martina will help competition for places in the squad and feels he is adaptable to play a number of positions.
“Cuco Martina is an experienced player who can perform in different positions at the back, which is important,” Koeman said. “It’s also important, with the number of games we will face in the coming campaign, that we have strength and competition in the squad.
Martina should be able to provide cover for Seamus Coleman at right-back and also has the flexibility to play in a back three if needed.
The Curacao international made 18 appearances last season for Southampton and his experience in the Europa League may be something the Toffees will look to exploit.
He has become the seventh signing made by Koeman this summer as he conducts a reshuffle of his squad.
Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen, Henry Onyekuru, Jordan Pickford, Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney are the other players to join the new-look Everton.
Football Insider verdict:
Martina is not the big-name signing that Everton fans have become accustomed to in recent weeks and they are still hopeful they can sign playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea. However, he could turn out to be a smart addition to the squad and is a player that Koeman knows and trust. The 27-year-old is a steady option in defence and should be able to provide good competition for places. He has good pace and his physicality helps him in English football. The Toffees have been splashing out a lot of money on new arrivals, but a free transfer for Martina is equally as impressive.
In other Everton transfer news, they are in a three-way battle to sign a Premier League forward