Everton wasted no time to fill the void left by the departed Marouane Fellaini, who moved to Manchester United on deadline day. The Toffees did so by landing Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry.
The 32-year-old joined the Toffees on a season long loan and admitted that it was a relief to get his deal done, and is keen to get started with his new club.
The England international dropped down the pecking orders at City, following the arrival of Fernandinho, and the move was perfect at this stage of his career.
“It’s been a long day and the deal was done late but it was something that I always hoped would get over the line,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to meeting up with the lads and helping Everton to progress.
“I know all about Everton’s history and it’s a fantastic club. I’ve enjoyed playing games at Goodison Park, the atmosphere is always fantastic.”
Barry started his career with Aston Villa where he spent more than 10 years, scoring 41 league goals in 365 appearances. He joined Manchester City in 2009 and was one of the key members of the team that won the FA Cup and Premier League title under Roberto Mancini.