Yerry Mina relishing Everton challenge

Yerry Mina

GETTY Everton are keen on Barcelona's Yerry Mina

"We signed players because they thought we are a big club as well", Silva said.

A summer-long chase for Colombia's World Cup star Yerry Mina concluded with a £28.5 million deal with Barcelona, the defender joining former teammate Lucas Digne who moved to Everton last week.

The Toffees were not finished there as Barcelona confirmed the Toffees had signed both Mina and Gomes.

Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes joined Bernard as Everton sealed a hat-trick of deadline day signings.

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Everton also brought in Richarlison from Watford in a £40m move while highly-fancied Brazilian Bernard snubbed Chelsea and West Ham to move to Merseyside on a free transfer.

Mina has signed on a permanent five-year deal worth €30million (approx £27.2million), while Portugal worldwide Gomes has arrived at Goodison on a one-season loan.

Bernard was out of contract after leaving Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk in June.

Everton, on the other hand, raced against time to make a deal with the Catalans.

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'I chose Everton because of all the things I'd heard about Marco Silva and because Everton is a club with a lot of tradition, ' Bernard told the club's official website. When I found out about this opportunity and what the manager wanted out of me I was happy.

"The manager made me feel confident about playing here".

Although the new Everton boss is unable to call on his last-minute signings at Wolves on Saturday, he accepts that judgment of his team will be immediate.

"I did not need any convincing to come here".

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