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Everton confirm Drenthe deal

August 31, 2011

Everton have confirmed the signing of Dutch midfielder Royston Drenthe from Real Madrid on a season-long loan.

Royston Drenthe Hercules
GettyImagesRoyston Drenthe has failed at Real Madrid

The versatile, left-sided 24-year-old joined Madrid from Feyenoord in 2007 but struggled to tie down a first-team berth at the Bernabeu and spent last season on loan at Hercules.

He is likely to be asked to perform a midfield role as Leighton Baines is an automatic first choice at left-back.

Drenthe's deal went through late on along with another season-long loan for striker Denis Stracqualursi from Argentinian side Tigres.