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Everton transfer news: Demarai Gray joins Toffees for £1.6m after six-month Bayer Leverkusen spell

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Everton have signed Demarai Gray from Bayer Leverkusen for around £1.6m, bringing an end to his brief spell in the Bundesliga.

Gray arrived in Florida, where Everton are holding a pre-season training camp, to undergo a medical on Thursday.

The 25-year-old winger has signed a three-year deal with the Toffees, who have the option to extend it by a further 12 months.

Gray told evertontv that new Toffees boss Rafa Benitez was a key reason for his decision to move to Goodison Park, saying: "I'm delighted to be back in the Premier League at such a big club and I'm excited to play with the team and get to work.

"Speaking to the manager and [director of football] Marcel Brands, I had a really good feel for the club and I feel this is a place where I can continue to develop.

"The manager, with his ambition and what he has won in the past, is important and we'll look to push forward and compete with the top clubs. I think a club of this magnitude has all the potential to be right up there.

"Everton are a very big club and the main objective is to be pushing and competing back up there in the table. I want to work hard on the training pitch and work my hardest for the club on the pitch."

Gray only joined Leverkusen in January after a five-year spell with Leicester.

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