Danish defender Per Kroldrup has completed his move to Everton after successfully completing his medical.
The Merseyside club agreed a £5 million fee with Udinese for the 25-year-old Scandinavian defender and he has now agreed a four-year deal.
Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright told evertonfc.com: “David identified the player at the end of the season as a defensive addition he would like to add to the squad.
“Negotiations have progressed steadily over the last 3-4 weeks and we are delighted to have made a major signing in Per and we welcome him to Goodison Park.”
The Dane helped Udinese to finish fourth in Serie A.
Kroldrup will become Everton’s second signing of the summer after the arrival of Simon Davies from Tottenham.
Kroldrup is relishing the prospect of joining Everton.
He spoke to former Everton midfielder Thomas Gravesen – now at Real Madrid – before Denmark’s World Cup qualifying game with Albania two weeks ago.
“Everton’s interest was only a rumour then, but Thomas said nice things about the club and they appeal to me,” Kroldrup said.
“It is a very interesting club and the Premier League is one of the best in the world, and it would be a great thing for me to play there.
“Everton have just qualified for the Champions League and seem to be very ambitious, but I will have to wait and see what happens.”