New Everton signing André Gomes has hailed Marco Silva’s influence in persuading him to switch Barcelona for Merseyside.

The Portugal international midfielder joined the Toffees on deadline day on a season-long loan from Barça, following talks between the two clubs over the previous 24 hours.

Silva had been keen to bring in a new central midfielder, and after a flurry of names were linked with moves, Gomes became the Portuguese boss’s sixth signing of the summer.

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Gomes explained that he is delighted to be at the club, and hailed Silva as a huge influence in his decision to join the Goodison Park outfit.

As reported by the Liverpool Echo, Gomes said:

I’m delighted to sign for this fantastic club – it’s a good day for me.

Everton always was a big option for me, especially after speaking with the coach, Marco Silva.

Every discussion we’ve had was very important in making me feel his confidence about my game.

Everybody in Portugal knows how Marco Silva works and his abilities as a coach.

For me, it was really good to speak to him because I know how good he is and I feel motivated to work with him and to play for Everton, a great club.