French midfielder, Morgan Schneiderlin has joined Everton from Manchester United for an initial fee of £20 million, the Merseyside club said.
Morgan Schneiderlin signed a 4-and-a-half-year contract in a deal that will rise to £24 million (27.5 million euros, $29 million) with bonuses.
Schneiderlin is reunited with Everton manager, Ronald Koeman, beneath whom he worked for one season during his time at Southampton.
In a comment published on the Everton website, Schneiderlin said: “Everton is a big club in the history of English football”.
“I’ve always loved the atmosphere in the stadium. I’ve always liked playing here. I can’t wait to play and to represent this great club.
“There is a manager in place here that I know. I know he can get the best out of me, I know his style and how he likes to play football,” he added.
The 27-year-old made just eight appearances for United following Jose Mourinho’s appointment as manager last year.
Schneiderlin posted a picture of himself in a United shirt on Twitter, accompanied by the words: “Thank you Manchester United.”
“Thanks to all the fans for your support. I wish you all the best for the future!” he added.
His arrival is a timely piece of business for Koeman, who has just lost Senegalese midfielder Idrissa Gueye to the Africa Cup of Nations.
“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,” Koeman said.
“We want good players, but we also want players who really want to show their qualities in front of the fans of Everton.”
The French holding midfielder capped 15 times by France, joined United from Southampton for a reported fee of £25 million in 2015.
Despite playing regularly under Louis van Gaal he disappeared from view under Mourinho.
In total he played 47 games for United, scoring one goal, ironically against Everton in October 2015.