Ramiro Funes Mori has left teh Premier League for La Liga. Photo: Reuters / Paul Childs

LIVERPOOL - La Liga club Villarreal have signed defender Ramiro Funes Mori from Everton on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee, the Spanish side has said.

The Argentine, who joined Everton in July 2015, made his Premier League debut later that year but was hindered by a long-term knee injury last season and only managed 55 appearances during his stay on Merseyside. 

The 27-year-old will join manager Javier Calleja's side as they look to improve upon their fifth-placed finish last season and push for a top four spot to qualify for the Champions League. Funes Mori has has won 19 caps for Argentina and was picked by manager Jorge Sampaoli for the provisional World Cup squad but failed to make the final cut. 

Meanwhile, Brighton and Hove Albion have signed goalkeeper Jason Steele on a three-year contract from third-tier League One side Sunderland, the Premier League club have said. The 27-year-old joined Sunderland last year and made 18 appearances across all competitions but has left the Wearside team following their relegation from the second-tier Championship last term.

"To come to such a great club that's been on an upward curve over the last few seasons, I'm really excited and over the moon. I'm looking forward to getting started," Steele told Brighton's website. "I'm not silly enough to come in and think I'm going to be the number one... Ultimately, I want to work really hard and get myself in contention. I'll try my best to do that."

Steele previously played for Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers and has also made seven appearances for the England under-21 side.

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