Everton sign defender Mori for $14.5 million from River Plate

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Everton have signed Argentine international defender Ramiro Funes Mori on a five-year deal.

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Mori, 24, arrives at Goodison Park from River Plate for a fee of $14.5 million and will boost the Toffees’ central defensive options with only John Stones and Phil Jagielka currently on the book in that area.

The defender was spotted at Goodison Park last weekend ahead of his move and after passing a medical and finalizing a work permit, he has signed a long-term deal on Merseyside.

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With Roberto Martinez and Everton resisiting a massive $60 million bid from Chelsea for Stones, Everton’s defense now looks relatively solid after Mori’s arrival.

The Argentine center back is left-footed and has played over 100 times for River, and most recently won the 2015 Copa Libertadores with the South American giants.

Whether or not this means Martinez’s side will switch back to a 3-5-2 formation which was hugely popular during his debut season at Goodison remains to be seen, but Mori’s arrival means the Toffees have three top-class center backs and with captain Phil Jagielka now 33 years old, it seems like Everton have earmarked his long-term successor as Stones and Mori could be the future at center back for the Toffees.