Christian Atsu
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Everton have completed a loan move in signing Chelsea winger Christian Atsu until the end of the season.

"Everton have completed the signing of winger Christian Atsu on a season-long loan from Chelsea," a statement read on Everton's official website.

"The Ghana international, 22, passed a medical on Wednesday and, having secured a work permit, will now be available for Saturday's Barclays Premier League opener at Leicester City."

The 22-year-old joined the Stamford Bridge outfit from FC Porto in the summer of 2013. However, the Ghanaian international was loaned out to Vitesse Arnhem last season.

Atsu will now get his chance to feature in the Premier League and is in contention to face Everton's season opener against Leicester. The winger has admitted that his transfer to Goodison Park is a "dream move" as it will allow him to fulfil his ambition of playing in England.

"I'm very happy to be joining Everton because it's a great club, which likes to play football, and it's a great pleasure to be here. Playing in the Premier League has always been a dream for me and I have achieved that dream," Atsu told his new club's official website.

"This is the biggest level for me to play at. I know that it's a very competitive league and I believe with hard work we're going to be successful this season."

Meanwhile, Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes Atsu's capture will excite the Toffees' faithful because of the winger's style of play.

"He's a player who fits in with the culture and the way we want to play. He's a very gifted, technical footballer and he's got the right personality and character to fit in with the group, which is vital," Martinez said.

"He will excite fans because he brings something completely different and a different way of playing to what we've got in the squad."

"He's a left-footed player who loves taking people on and he's got a really good understanding of the game for such a young man."

"He also brings extra competition in a position in which we felt we needed a player full of desire and hunger, who really wants to make things happen in the final third of the pitch," the former Wigan Athletic manager concluded.