Everton sign free agent Lucas Neill

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Everton completed on Thursday the signing of former West Ham defender Lucas Neill on a one-year contract.

The Australian international was able to join the Toffees outside the transfer window as he was a free agent after snubbing a new one-year contract at Upton Park.

Neill had also attracted interest from Sunderland and Atl├ętico Madrid but had not been able to conclude a deal with any of them.

"I'm pleased to have him," Everton boss David Moyes said of Neill after Thursday's 4-0 win over AEK Athens in the Europa League.

"It gives us another player, especially with Phil Neville injured for another couple of months.

"It is very rare you can get a player after the window closes but fortunately he was out of contract and we were able to get him here."

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