By Wayne Veysey

12th Jan, 2017 | 5:01pm

Done deal: Everton agree terms with 27-year-old

By Harry Sykes

Morgan Schneiderlin has completed a transfer from Manchester United to Everton, it was announced on Thursday afternoon.

The France international has completed a move to Goodison Park which could rise to £24million including add-ons.

Schneiderlin has been reunited with Ronald Koeman, under whom he flourished while the pair were at Southampton.

Everton announced their second signing of the January transfer window on their official website and Twitter account to conclude weeks of negotiations.

Everton took the unusual step of revealing the transfer fee they will pay for Schneiderlin, which is an initial £20million rising to £24million.

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The midfielder has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract that runs until the summer of 2021.

Koeman is in no doubt that Everton have secured a major coup by landing a player who was well down the pecking order at United and has endured a frustrating season under manager Jose Mourinho.

“I’m very pleased because I know the player, I know the qualities of the player, I know him as a person and he’s really desperate to come to Everton – and that’s what we need,” the Dutchman said, as quoted by the Everton website.“We want good players but we also want players who really want to show their qualities in front of the fans of Everton.

“He’s a strong character. I worked with him for one season at Southampton and he’s a midfield player who can play in different positions in the midfield. He’s also a fast player, he’s a clever player and he’s a personality. Normally, he’s part of the French national team and at 27 years old he’s part of the future at Everton.”

So, which midfielder are Everton getting? The dynamic enforcer at Southampton who was one of the best anchormen in the Premier League, or the solid often stolid performer who never quite fitted in at United. Koeman is convinced he has snared the former. The 27-year-old endured a nightmare time at Old Trafford, but if anyone can rediscover his best form then it’s the Dutchman. The pair worked together at Southampton and Koeman knows his capabilities as well as anyone. He also arrives at a perfect time as the Toffees are without star player Idrissa Gueye during January, while he competes in the Africa Cup of Nations. Expect Koeman’s second January signing to slot straight into the starting line-up.

In other Everton transfer news, the club are ready to make a January move for a Premier League defender.

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