Everton sign Vitaliy Mykolenko in £17m transfer from Dynamo Kiev paving way for Lucas Digne to leave

EVERTON have announced the signing of Dynamo Kiev left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko for £17million.

The 22-year-old is the Toffees' first signing of the January transfer window and paves the way for Lucas Digne to leave the club.


Digne has reportedly fallen out with Rafa Benitez over his boss’ defensive tactics.

Chelsea and Newcastle have been linked with a £25million move in recent weeks.

The title challengers lost left-back Ben Chilwell with a long-term injury, and Newcastle need defensive reinforcements to help with their bid to stay in the Premier League.

Mykolenko says the fans make him feel a 'great responsibility' – an attitude which will be most welcomed on merseyside.

Speaking to Evertontv, Mykolenko said: "Moving to Everton is a big and important step in my life.

“I have always dreamed of playing in the Premier League. English football is where the game was born and I think that it will suit my game very well.

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“I am 22 but I don’t feel like a youngster. I have experience of playing at European level and hope I will continue to improve as a player.

“I am excited about the opportunity of playing in front of our supporters at Everton. I have seen the last few games at Goodison Park and they were unbelievable. 

“They are incredible fans to whom I feel great responsibility.”

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