Davy Klaassen has joined Everton for a £23.6m fee. The 24-year-old attacking midfielder from Netherlands underwent a medical at Finch Farm on Wednesday and has agreed on a five-year contract.

A product of the famed youth academy of Ajax, Davy Klassen made debut as an 18 years-old for the senior team in 2011. He scored 49 goals in 163 first-team appearances, spending his final two seasons at the Amsterdam Arena as captain. Last season, he led Ajax to the Europa League final but unfortunately lost the cup to Manchester United.

Internationally, Klaassen has represented the Netherlands on 14 occasions since being handed his debut in a friendly against France in 2014, netting four goals.

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I spoke a few weeks ago with Ronald Koeman about Everton. I wanted to come here and check if this was the right club for me and since I came here I feel so happy. It’s a great club.

The moment that I spoke with the manager directly I got a good feeling. He’s an honest guy, we talked about the Club, about the way he wants to play and that gave me a positive feeling. I talked to him about the Club and everything we want to achieve and he was really positive. It’s difficult to leave Ajax but I think this is a good step for me now and I’m really looking forward to my time here.

Klassen told Everton TV

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Koeman added:

I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring Davy to Everton.

He’s a player who is only 24 but has a lot of experience and is a leader on the pitch. He has already captained Ajax for two seasons and that shows you the type of person he is. He is hardworking, likes to press and, of course, will give us more creativity and goals.

It is another major signing for Everton Football Club and I am really happy we have been able to complete the deal so early in the summer.