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Last Updated: Monday, 27 June, 2005, 15:58 GMT 16:58 UK
Kroldrup seals 5m Everton switch
Pere Kroldrup
Kroldrup was a key figure in Udinese's Champions League push
Everton have completed the 5m capture of Danish international defender Per Kroldrup from Italian club Udinese.

The Toffees have agreed a four-year deal with the former B93 Copenhagen defender after he passed a medical.

The powerful 25-year-old was a key figure as the Italian side qualified for the Champions League after they finished fourth in Serie A last season.

Kroldrup becomes Everton's second summer signing after the 4m capture of Simon Davies from Spurs.

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright told the club's website that boss David Moyes identified Kroldrup at the end of last season.

"Negotiations have progressed steadily over the last three to four weeks and we are delighted to have made a major signing in Per," he added.

Moyes turned to him after being put off by Manchester City, who wanted 7m for Sylvain Distin.

And Kroldrup is relishing the prospect of joining the Toffees.

It is a very interesting club and it would be great to play in the Premier League
Kroldrup on Everton

He spoke to former Everton midfielder Thomas Gravesen - now at Real Madrid - before Denmark's 3-1 World Cup qualifying win over 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 revealed.

"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."

Former Denmark international Jan Molby believes Moyes has pulled off a coup by landing Kroldrup.

He told Everton's website: "If David Moyes is looking for a centre-half with a bit of authority who can go straight into the Premiership from day one, he's the right man.

"Arsenal were linked with him recently, which underlines his pedigree - and I think his three years in Italy will have given him some invaluable experience."

Meanwhile, Moyes has appeared to rule out a move for Norwich's newly-capped England goalkeeper Robert Green.

Everton were linked with a 2.5m move for the 25-year-old, with first-choice Nigel Martyn 38, and deputy Richard Wright troubled by injuries and poor form.

But Moyes said: "I'm happy with the goalkeeping situation we have here."




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