Everton have completed the signing of Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon on a three-year contract.
The 28-year-old returns to Goodison Park on a permanent deal after spending the second half of last season on loan.
Despite manager Roberto Martinez’s interest in the winger, the move was finalised after the deadline after Everton filed a deal sheet with the Premier League just before 6pm announcing their intention to sign the player, giving them a further two hours to complete the formalities.
“We are delighted to welcome Aaron back to Everton,” manager Roberto Martinez told evertonfc.com.
“We know we are getting a player our fans know inside-out.
“He had a major role in the second half of our season and we’re looking forward to Aaron kicking on and continuing to enjoy his football, as well as being the productive player we know he can be.
“He is well-respected in the dressing room, his experience in the Premier League is immense and he will immediately add to our squad and to the ambition we have as a club.”