Gareth Barry says Roberto Martinez's footballing philosophy convinced him to join Everton on loan until the end of the season from Manchester City.
Barry has been deemed surplus to requirements at the Etihad Stadium following the summer signing of Fernandinho from Shahktar Donetsk.
Following the departure of Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United and Darron Gibson's early season knee injury, Martinez sought additional midfield experience to supplement young pair Ross Barkley and new signing James McCarthy.
"I was always hopeful we could get it over the line and I look forward to joining up with the lads and helping Everton progress," Barry said.
"I know all about Everton's history, they're a fantastic club. The atmosphere here is always fantastic. Speaking to the manager and knowing previous teams he's worked with and the style of play he plays it didn't take much persuading.
"The teams he's previously managed and the team he's built here you can tell straight away the style of football he wants to bring and I'm hopeful I can fit in with that.
"The atmosphere is one of the best in the Premier League," he added. "The noise the fans make and the way they can upset opposing teams is fantastic for the players playing for Everton."
The England international's move to Goodison Park was one of five moves for The Toffees on a busy deadline day, which saw Fellaini move to United and Victor Anichebe join West Bromwich Albion.
Barry was among three new additions which included the £13m capture of McCarthy from Wigan Athletic and Romelu Lukaku on loan from Chelsea.
The Belgian forward scored 17 goals for The Baggies last season but has been overlooked by Jose Mourinho this term following the signing of Samuel Eto'o.
The 20 year old wrote on Twitter: "Signed @Everton on a season long loan."
He added on Instagram: "New year, new challenges #EFC #Toffees."
Everton have drawn their opening three league games against Norwich City, West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff City but did beat Stevenage in the League Cup second round to earn the first win of Martinez's reign since replacing David Moyes.