Everton beat of a host of Premier League clubs to sign Tottenham Hotspur winger Aaron Lennon on loan until the end of the season on transfer deadline day, Sky Sports is reporting.
Last Friday saw the news break that Hull were preparing negotiations for the England international but were steadily joined by Premier League clubs as they swooped to make their offers for the player.
Spurs had reportedly been prepared to sell the man who is currently their longest serving player at the club after his struggle to make any real first team impact under new boss Mauricio Pochettino – despite making over 300 appearances for the club.
The likes of Stoke, Leicester City and Everton were all in the hunt for Lennon and it was the latter who won the race after he opted to reject other advances.
No agreement could be reached with any club for a permanent sale of the winger meaning he will return to Spurs in the summer before reassessing his options – but for now was delighted to secure his move in a bid to play more regularly.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to seizing this opportunity at a club with such a history and with such great potential, too.
“The manager wants to play exciting, attacking football and I’m determined to make a big contribution over the remaining games.”
Lennon has represented his country 21 times while scoring 30 goals in a Spurs shirt.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez was said to be delighted with his new signing as he bids to overhaul his side’s form – they currently sit 12th in the table after a poor slump has seen them win just two of the last 14 games.
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