Aaron Lennon says it was a “great feeling” to rejoin Everton on a permanent basis from Tottenham – and this time he even cracked a smile.
Lennon sealed a return to Goodison Park in a £4.5million deal on transfer deadline day after previously spending the second half of last season on loan with the Toffees.
The 28-year-old was hardly the picture of happiness after being unveiled as an Everton loanee, but the winger made a better attempt at expressing his joy at the second time of asking on Tuesday.
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Lennon endured a nervous wait for the transfer to be confirmed but was eventually confirmed as an Everton player at around 7.15pm on a three-year contract.
“Around four o’clock I started getting a bit nervous!” Lennon said.
“You’re just hoping it all goes through, with all the paperwork and everything, and I was so happy once it got done.
“Once the paperwork was all done, it was happy days and I just couldn’t wait to get up the motorway.
“Once they told me the deal had been agreed and everything was in motion, I headed into London to get the medical done.
“Once the medical was done, I saw a specialist to go through other medical stuff and then basically signed the forms.
“They got sent back and, yeah, last night just about eight o’clock or so I was on the motorway as an Everton player and that was a great feeling.”
Lennon had been forced to train away from the Tottenham first team over the summer but insists he will be ready for first-team action immediately and is already targeting a return to the England set-up.
“I didn’t have a good run of games for the last maybe couple of seasons until I came back up here, but hopefully if I can get a great run of games in the team and get a good run out it’s definitely my aim to try and push for an England spot again.
“I’ve trained near enough every day this season so I’m in good shape and raring to go.
“I’m in good condition, so once I get the game time in I don’t see why [I can’t make the England squad].”