Everton sign FC Copenhagen left-back Bryan Oviedo


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Everton have confirmed they have completed the signing of Bryan Oviedo from FC Copenhagen on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

The Costa Rican has been a regular starter for FCK after joining from Deportivo Saprissa in his homeland.

The 22-year-old can operate at left-back and on the left side of midfield.

Oviedo told evertontv: "I am so very happy. This is a very good opportunity for me.

"The last two or three days have been very stressful and tiring but I am so happy now. I am feeling good and right now everything is positive.

"I know a lot about Everton. I watch Everton games and Premier League games on the TV and it is a very good league."

Oviedo's spell in Denmark with Copenhagen began in 2010 and has included a loan stint with FC Nordsjaelland.

He has won the Danish league title and two Danish Cups, played in the Champions League, and is a full Costa Rica international.

Everton assistant boss Steve Round revealed this morning that he, Toffees manager David Moyes and scouts had all been abroad to watch the player in action and Oviedo had not realised it was him they had had their eye on.

He said: "I was feeling a little nervous because Everton are a very good team and a big club.

"Now I am feeling good, I am happy with everything.

"I knew that sometimes Everton were watching Copenhagen games but not especially to watch me."

Referring to his versatility, Oviedo said: "I am a player who likes to attack.

"I can help in attack but also in defence as well. I can play both positions.

"I played many years as a left-back, now (more recently) I have been playing further forward."

He added: "I need to come here and work hard for a place. I know there are very good players and I will need to train very well to have a chance of getting in the team."

Everton's players will have to wait to meet their new team-mate as he is jetting off to play for his country in two World Cup qualifiers against Mexico.

Oviedo's transfer deadline day arrival takes the number of new signings for the Toffees this summer to four.

The Merseysiders have also recruited former Rangers forward Steven Naismith, brought back winger Steven Pienaar on a permanent deal from Tottenham and signed front man Kevin Mirallas from Olympiakos.