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Galatasaray sign Everton defender Lucas Neill

Lucas Neill
Defender Neill has made 15 appearances for Everton this season

Australia captain Lucas Neill has completed his move to Galatasary from Everton on a one-and-a-half-year deal.

The 31-year-old flew out to Turkey to join his new teammates after Saturday's win over Manchester City.

Reports claimed Everton accepted a bid of about £750,000 for the ex-West Ham full-back, who only arrived as a free agent at Goodison Park in September.

Neill said: "I'm delighted to have signed with Galatasaray and play for a big club with big ambitions in Europe."

He added: "Galatasaray have a fantastic squad and I am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead."


Neill, who agreed a one-year deal at Everton after his contract with the Hammers ended last year, made 15 appearances for the club.

"I'd like to thank the staff and fans but most of all my team-mates for making my time at Everton very enjoyable," he added. "I am pleased to have had a positive impact on the team and the club and wish them every success for the future."

Former Liverpool star Harry Kewell, a team-mate of Neill's in the Australia team, and ex-Aston Villa striker Milan Baros are already playing at the Ali Sami Yen Stadium.

Galatasary, who have won the league title twice in the last four seasons, currently trail rivals Fenerbahce by one point and are coached by Dutchman Frank Rijkaard.

Neill began his professional career with Millwall in 1995 before heading to Blackburn six years later for a £1m fee and then he signed for the Hammers in January 2007.

The Sydney-born defender last played for Everton in the 2-2 draw at Arsenal in the Premier League on 9 January.

He also led Australia in their successful World Cup qualifying campaign, which starts in June in South Africa.

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