Everton transfers: Gareth Barry wants to help Toffees progress
Everton transfers: Gareth Barry wants to help the Toffees improve after joining on a season-long loan from Manchester City
Gareth Barry says he wants to help Everton to progress after completing a season-long loan switch to Goodison Park from Manchester City on deadline day.
The England international has agreed to join the Toffees on a temporary basis after falling down the pecking order at the Citizens following the arrivals of Fernandinho and Stevan Jovetic.
Barry, who has previously played for Aston Villa, brings a wealth of experience to Roberto Martínez’s squad and the 32-year-old is delighted to join a club of Everton’s stature.
“It’s been a long day and the deal was done late but it was something that I always hoped would get over the line,” Barry told Everton’s website.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting up with the lads and helping Everton to progress.
“I know all about Everton’s history and it’s a fantastic club. I’ve enjoyed playing games at Goodison Park, the atmosphere is always fantastic.”
Barry also revealed he has been keeping a close eye on Everton’s matches this season after hearing of the Merseyside outfit’s interest.
“To be honest as soon as I heard about Everton’s interest I have paid a lot of attention to the opening games,” he added.
“The bits I’ve seen, they’ve been unlucky not to win the games that they drew.”
Barry will be tasked with helping fill the void left by Marouane Fellaini after the Belgium international joined Manchester United in a £27.5m deal.