Transfer roundup: Everton secure Gueye and Garner, Fulham sign Willian | Transfer window
Transfer roundup: Everton secure Gueye and Garner, Fulham sign Willian | Transfer window

Everton have re-signed Idrissa Gana Gueye for £2m from Paris Saint-Germain with the Merseyside club also confirming a deal for James Garner from Manchester United.

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 32-year-old has now signed a two-year contract.

Garner, who spent last season on loan at Nottingham Forest, has cost an initial £9m with £6.5m payable in add-ons. United are also entitled to 20% of the profit on any future sale. The 21-year-old has signed a four year contract and is eligible to make his debut against Liverpool on Saturday.

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.

Southampton completed a loan move for Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who can play at full-back or in midfield, and brought in Manchester City’s 19-year-old winger Sam Edozie for a fee that could rise to £10m. They also shifted players out. Jack Stephens left for Bournemouth on loan, Oriol Romeu made a permanent switch to Girona and Jan Bednarek was on Thursday night poised for a loan to Aston Villa, who have signed the midfielder Leander Dendoncker from Wolves.

The West Ham defender Craig Dawson had been due to join Wolves for £5m until the London club failed to get their move for Bednarek over the line. Dendoncker said after signing for Villa: “You can feel it’s a big club. 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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