Transfer roundup: Everton secure Gueye return, Willian signs for Fulham | Transfer window


Everton have re-signed Idrissa Gana Gueye for £2m from Paris Saint-Germain. The 32-year-old has a two-year contract and becomes Everton’s seventh summer signing.

Gueye, who joined PSG for £30m in 2019 after three productive seasons at Goodison Park, agreed a return several weeks ago only for the terms of his release from the French champions, where the midfielder had 12 months on his contract, to delay the deal.

The Senegal international is eligible for Saturday’s Merseyside derby at home to Liverpool and is expected to be joined by fellow midfielder James Garner, with a deal rising to £15m agreed with Manchester United. Everton are also exploring several forward options before the deadline.

Gueye said: “I’ll give my soul to this team. Coming back here was important to me because I feel like I’m in my home. I’ve followed the team every week and watched how they play. For me, there is no better place than Everton, so that’s why I chose to come back here.

“I felt very, very good when I was here and even when I went to Paris I kept in touch with some of the players here and continued to support the team. For me, it’s special. I told PSG if I am going to leave it will be for one team – and that was Everton. It was not a difficult decision for me because I love this club. That’s why I had to come home.”

Leeds’ hopes of signing the Senegal striker Bamba Dieng from Marseille were scuppered after the 22-year-old dramatically decided to join Nice as he prepared to fly to Leeds Bradford airport for a medical. It is understood that Dieng, part of the side that won the Africa Cup of Nations this year, had a change of heart after agreeing a move to Elland Road and will instead sign a five-year contract at Nice in a deal worth €12m (£10.4m).

The Leeds chairman, Andrea Radrizzani, had tweeted shortly before 2pm BST that it was time to “welcome Bamba Dieng” but less than six hours later he wrote: “Part of the madness of deadline day. We have been screwed up, it happens even to the best ones. We have done a great market, planned and executed our targets at very early stage.”

Fulham have signed Willian on a one-year deal almost exactly 12 months after the Brazilian reached a mutual agreement with Arsenal to terminate his contract. “I’m happy to be here, I’m happy to be back in the Premier League,” said the 34-year-old. “Fulham is a special club, a club that wants to improve, that wants to fight for something bigger, so I’m here to help, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Willian at Fulham’s training ground after signing.
Willian at Fulham’s training ground after signing. Photograph: Jed Leicester/Rex/Shutterstock

Marco Silva has also added the Paris Saint-Germain defender Layvin Kurzawa on a season’s loan and on Thursday evening Dan James was having a medical at Fulham with a view to joining from Leeds on loan.

Blackburn rejected two bids from Fulham for the Chile striker Ben Brereton-Diaz, who has also been the subject of interest from Everton. Fulham have moved instead for Carlos Vinícius, who had a loan at Tottenham, are are hopeful of wrapping up an initial £4m transfer from Benfica.

Willy Boly has become Nottingham Forest’s 19th signing of the summer, the Ivory Coast international joining from Wolves on a two-year deal. Boly had failed to turn up for Wolves’ draw with Newcastle on Sunday in an attempt to force through the move. Forest could complete three more signings, with the Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, Rennes defender Loïc Badé and Blackpool’s Josh Bowler on their radar.

Jack Stephens has left Southampton to join Bournemouth on a season’s loan and another Southampton player, Oriol Romeu, moved on a permanent deal to Girona but the West Ham defender Craig Dawson is set to stay after a deal to bring Jan Bednarek to the club from St Mary’s failed to materialise. Dawson had been due to join Wolves for £5m. Bednarek is instead poised to move on loan to Aston Villa, who have signed the midfielder Leander Dendoncker from Wolves.

“You can feel it’s a big club,” said Dendoncker. “I’ve just turned 27 so this is a really important stage of my career. I’m going to give everything. The atmosphere at Villa Park is really great so I’m obviously excited.”

Leicester made Wout Faes their first outfield signing in a £15m deal from Reims. The central defender, a Belgium international, described it as “a dream step”.



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