Nigeria forward Alex Iwobi has signed for Everton from Arsenal, agreeing a five-year deal with the Merseyside club.

Iwobi came through the Arsenal Academy before making his first-team debut at the age of 19 in October 2015. He went on to play a total of 149 games for the Gunners, scoring 15 times and contributing to 42 goals.

The 23-year-old has now joined the Toffees for a reported fee of £40million on deadline day of the English transfer window on Thursday evening.

“Alex was one of our main targets for this window and I believe he is a fantastic signing for Everton. He is a direct and skilful winger and attacking midfielder who always works very hard for his team,” Everton manager Marco Silva told the club’s official website.

“It was important for me to have one more quality option for our attacking positions to add to what we have with Richarlison, Bernard and Theo Walcott.

“Alex fits exactly the profile of player I want in my model. He is hungry to join Everton and take the next step in his career, to help us compete with the strongest teams in the league and reach his potential at our club.”

Iwobi is a key member of the Nigeria national team, and helped his country reach the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt this summer, scoring once.

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