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Everton secured the capture of Alex Iwobi from Arsenal in an eleventh-hour deal just prior to the closure of the transfer window in August 2019.

The Blues returned with an offer that was officially undisclosed but reportedly worth £28m (with the potential to rise to £35m) for the Nigerian winger a day after the Gunners had knocked back an opening bid, said to be just £30m, and successfully filed the paperwork in time for the deal to go through.

The 23-year-old, nephew of former Bolton Wanderers star Jay-Jay Okocha, signed a five-year contract at Goodison Park.

Everton had turned their attention to Iwobi after Crystal Palace refused to lower their asking price for Wilfried Zaha while a rumoured move for Steven Bergwijn of PSV Eindhoven didn't ever come to fruition.

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

With plenty of competition for places in Arsenal's forward line, Iwobi wasn't able to hold down a regular first-team spot at the Emirates and the arrival this month of Nicholas Pepe in a club-record deal would have made it even harder for Iwobi to get game time.

In all, Iwobi made 137 senior appearances for Arsenal in all competitions, scoring 15 times. One of his most impressive moments was the goal he scored in the Europa League final in May 2019, a brilliantly-struck effort that ultimately proved to be little more than a consolation but which underlined the quality he possesses.

He had been capped 36 times by Nigeria and has six international goals to his credit at the time he joined Everton.


Squad number 17
Position Winger/Attacking Midfield
Nationality Nigerian
Born Lagos
Date of birth 3 May 1996
Height 5' 11"
Joined 8 August, 2019
Joined from Arsenal
Signed under Marco Silva
Transfer fee £28m (^£35m)
Contract duration 5 years
Contract expires June 2024
Debut as sub v Aston Villa, 23 Aug, 2019
Full debut v
Previous Clubs Arsenal
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