Updates from Monday, July 28
Everton have officially confirmed Muhamed Besic's contract with the club, announcing it will run five years:
CONFIRMED: Everton sign Muhamed Besic on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee. pic.twitter.com/7s01R9BbqT— Everton (@Everton) July 28, 2014
Everton have completed the capture of Bosnian midfielder Muhamed Besic from Hungarian side Ferencvaros.
The club's official website confirmed the move:
Roberto Martinez is looking forward to presenting Muhamed Besic as an Everton player when the team return from Thailand next week.
Martinez said: 'The next few days will allow Mo to meet the players, but more importantly it is an opportunity for him to get into optimum condition ahead of the new season.
'I am looking forward to introducing him to the Everton fans when we come back but first I would like to thank Ferencvaros for the way in which they have approached the negotiations. They have been very understanding at this point and we have enjoyed a good working relationship.'
The 21-year-old had been spotted in Merseyside ahead of his move to Goodison Park on Wednesday, as tweeted by Liverpool Echo's press photographer Gareth Jones:
The young player is a shrewd signing by Martinez, adding an energetic individual to the squad who can play in both midfield and defence.
Besic also featured for his country at the World Cup in Brazil, impressing in the three matches that he played, per WhoScored.com.
Martinez will now focus his energy on other targets as he looks to strengthen after his impressive first season in charge of the Toffees.
Phil Kirkbride of the Daily Mirror reported on the manager's recent comments about possible arrivals. Martinez said after Tuesday's pre-season draw with Tranmere:
We know exactly who we want to bring in and games like last night were important because I want to give the youngsters as much opportunity as I can and then make the final decisions on the areas we strengthen in.
This season, we need to make sure the numbers in the squad are bigger but at the moment there is nothing to update our fans and when there is, they will be the first ones to know.
Besic is a quality signing for Everton and will give them increased balance in the centre of the pitch.
Is Muhamed Besic a good signing for Everton?
He seems perfectly built for life in the Premier League and will add steel to Martinez's tactics. The former Wigan boss knows he has to increase his numbers this season if his side are to compete for a top-four berth, and the capture of Besic is a step in the right direction.
A partnership of Besic and James McCarthy looks a mouthwatering one for Evertonians, and along with Gareth Barry, they might be the foundations of any success the club will have in 2014-15.