Everton have completed the signing of Brazilian international midfielder Bernard on a free transfer.
The 25-year-old, who was available after his contract ran out with Shakhtar Donetsk in June, has received his work permit and put pen to paper on a four-year deal with the club.
Sky Sports News understands Everton manager Marco Silva played a key role in persuading Bernard to join him at Goodison Park, with many of Europe’s top clubs enquiring about his availability.
The 25-year old attacking midfielder landed in England on Wednesday for a medical before completing the move just before Thursday’s 5pm deadline.
After signing his contract, Bernard told evertontv: “I chose Everton because of all the things I had heard about Marco Silva and after speaking to him I was happy with what he said to me.
Manager Silva said: “Bernard is a quick player, very good technically and he can play on the left or right wings and as an offensive midfield player behind the striker.