News that the striker was to sign for the Blues was leaked on Twitter last week but the club have now announced his capture after he put pen to paper on a two-year deal.
He came through Lyon's youth academy before joining Metz two years ago and he made his Ligue 1 debut earlier this year.
“I am very happy and honoured to sign for Everton,” he told evertonfc.com after the formalities of his move were completed. “It is a great club and I have always liked English football and the Premier League.
“I have followed Everton from France. The Club has some great players and I'm very excited to become part of it.
“My dream is to play for the first team here,” he added. “Ronald Koeman is a huge figure, not only as a coach now but his reputation as a player speaks for itself as well.
“I want to play in the Premier League for Everton.”
Mathis will be joined at Finch Farm by Norwegian prospect Einar Iversen who has signed up to Everton's Academy on a two-year contract from Stord.
The 16-year-old attacking midfielder has had extensive trials at Everton's Halewood training facility since April and is viewed as an exciting addition to the U18s group.
"It is of course very exciting. I'm moving on Saturday. I have butterflies in my stomach," he is quoted as saying by TV2 in Norway.
"I'm dreaming about playing football and playing in a league like the Premier League. This is definitely a step in the right direction."
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1 Posted 05/07/2017 at 15:25:55
Over the years our transfer policy has been akin to a game of soggy biscuit. Every year we're left sweating, panicking and taking scraps off the table. No bitter taste this year though.
Now the guaranteed resident biscuit muncher has flown out the gates early and we sit back with glee watching everybody else panic.
Come On You Blues.
2 Posted 05/07/2017 at 15:26:32
Bienvenue á Everton.
4 Posted 05/07/2017 at 15:37:21
5 Posted 05/07/2017 at 15:53:07
That second season EPL2 title must take some winning.
6 Posted 05/07/2017 at 16:03:04
7 Posted 05/07/2017 at 16:04:46
8 Posted 05/07/2017 at 16:14:04
9 Posted 05/07/2017 at 16:20:30
Talent, energy, graft and skill, with a great desire to better himself. Infact when I stop and think about it, then this kid still excites me more than any of our summer signings!
10 Posted 05/07/2017 at 16:21:10
11 Posted 05/07/2017 at 16:25:54
I don't think it is a coincidence Koeman played him in so many games, he is exactly the type of player he wants.
12 Posted 05/07/2017 at 16:38:40
13 Posted 05/07/2017 at 16:46:03
Almost to the point that Barkley and Lukaku must go no matter how long the season. (With apologies for going off subject.)
14 Posted 05/07/2017 at 16:46:27
15 Posted 05/07/2017 at 17:21:59
16 Posted 05/07/2017 at 18:03:54
If a small percentage come through we will the envy of the "buy for instant success" brigade.
The futures bright and its Royal Blue
17 Posted 05/07/2017 at 18:16:31
If we have a good season this season, and maybe win a cup, and get a bit of a run in Europa we could be playing getting on for 60 games. Compared to, what, 41, last season.
A fair few younger players will be getting plenty of game time in that scenario.
18 Posted 05/07/2017 at 18:37:03
19 Posted 05/07/2017 at 18:39:57
Ultimately it is a matter of balance, judgement and managing the chemistry, as well as a large dose of luck regarding the run of the ball and injuries. . . . .
If Rooney joins us, as he probably will, then his is an unusual case. If he gets his fitness and quality back then he could play games on merit. If not all the time then when RK feels his contribution is worth it at that juncture. If he does not perform then he may have other aspects to be considered such as marketing or experience or a winning attitude to influence the performance of others. I personally would not follow up on Rooney because I think he may find he is off the pace and that could be painfully embarrassing, and costly, for all concerned. But hey, I'm no expert, its not my money and you never know it could be a master-stroke!
Back to the thread, and the subject of balance, the incoming youngsters are just as exciting as the first team additions and best wishes to them to them all.
21 Posted 05/07/2017 at 19:05:22
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25 Posted 05/07/2017 at 19:59:14
I believe they inquired about him but pulled out when they realised he is eighty one.
26 Posted 05/07/2017 at 20:55:28
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30 Posted 05/07/2017 at 22:13:49
31 Posted 05/07/2017 at 22:45:42
32 Posted 05/07/2017 at 23:07:59
34 Posted 05/07/2017 at 23:54:05
Tarashaj, Byrne, Henen and Rodriguez aren't any good so I don't seem them sticking around.
I assume the plan is to have Rooney and AN Other (maybe Giroud) as principal strikers this season with Sandro worked a la Hernandez back in the day at Man Utd. Over the next 24 months, we will phase out the two veteran strikers and hope that the Anderlecht loanee, Calvert-Lewin and Sambou are ready to assume their spots.
Sandro will either remain as some kind of super sub, bump one of them to the bench OR be cashed on in to fund the next overhaul which by then will probably be the full back positions.
35 Posted 06/07/2017 at 06:17:36
36 Posted 06/07/2017 at 09:31:58
37 Posted 07/07/2017 at 03:01:03
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