It turned out to be a productive transfer deadline day for Everton and Roberto Martinez, who signed Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry on loan for the rest of the season.
The Merseyside club had to give up Belgian Marouane Fellaini to old boss David Moyes at Manchester United but the Toffee's still secured the loan deals of Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea and Barry to bolster the squad.
"I know all about Everton's history and this is a fantastic club. I've enjoyed playing games at Goodison Park, the atmosphere is always fantastic," said Barry.
The defensive midfielder played 41 games for City last season but clearly see's his opportunities becoming limited as the club have again brought in new and expensive talent in the midfield positions.
Barry has been unused this season at City and has known about the interest of Everton for a while.
"To be honest as soon as I heard about Everton's interest I have paid a lot of attention to the opening games. The bit's I've seen, they've been unlucky not to win the games that they drew," he added.
The 32-year-old played his last international game in May of last year against Norway and with the World Cup to come at the end of the season, perhaps Barry see's himself travelling to Brazil if he can pick up some good form.
Barry is focusing on his new club for now and will look to fill the void left by Fellaini.
"I'm really looking forward to meeting up with the lads and helping Everton to progress," he concluded.
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