The former Manchester City midfielder joins the Goodison Park side on a three-year deal.
Everton (@Everton) July 8, 2014
Everton confirmed their first signing of the 2014 summer market as 2013-14 loan star Gareth Barry arrives at Goodison Park on a permanent basis from Manchester City.
There have been minor criticisms over the acquisition as some Toffees supporters questioned the logic in handing the Englishman a three-year contract when he is already at an advanced footballing age of 33.
However, there is no denying his effectiveness in midfield last season. When he was playing, Everton scored more (1.7 per game) and conceded less (0.94) than when he was omitted from the line-up (1.1 goals scored against 1.5).
Overall, the vast majority of fans are delighted with the news but hope that the signing of Barry is representative of more things to come.
Everton have been linked with moves for Samuel Eto'o and Enner Valencia yet supporters on social media hope for another loan star from last season - Chelsea man Romelu Lukaku.
Glad we've finally signed Barry. made a massive difference last season. #efc— Steven O'Flaherty (@oflah23) July 8, 2014
Buzzing we have resigned Barry! Lukaku, Perisic and Cleverley will do now #EFC— Scott Nelson (@ScottNel93) July 8, 2014
I think the Gareth Barry signing will help convince Lukaku to want to come back I think. #EFC— Marc Avery (@Buccomarc) July 8, 2014