Everton signs winger Demarai Gray from Bayer Leverkusen

FILE - In this file photo dated Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, Leicester's Demarai Gray scores his side's second goal against West Ham, during their English Premier League soccer match at the London Stadium in London. 25-year old English winger Demarai Gray has signed a three-year contract with Everton Thursday July 22, 2021, and has linked up with the Premier League club at the Florida Cup in Orlando.

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — English winger Demarai Gray signed a three-year contract with Everton on Thursday and linked up with the Premier League club at the Florida Cup in Orlando.

The 25-year-old Gray joins from Bayer Leverkusen, where he had been on loan from Leicester. The contract, through June 2024, includes the option for a fourth year.

Gray scored one goal in 12 appearances with the German club last season.

“I'm delighted to be back in the Premier League at such a big club and I’m excited to play with the team and get to work,” Gray told club media from the team's training base in Florida. “Everton are a very big club and the main objective is to be pushing and competing back up there in the table.”

Everton plays Colombia’s Millonarios on Sunday in the Florida Cup. Arsenal and Inter Milan were scheduled to play as well but canceled their trips.

Under new manager Rafa Benitez, Everton has also added forward Andros Townsend and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

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