Everton new boy John Heitinga asked Liverpool’s Dirk Kuyt for advice over whether he should move to Goodison Park from Atletico Madrid.
Heitinga sought Holland team-mate Kuyt’s opinion on the £6.2m move and was told Everton was a “big club” and that he should not think twice about moving to Merseyside.
He is expected to make his Everton debut tomorrow at Fulham, and intends to thank Kuyt for his help by beating him in the Merseyside derby, the first of which this season is on November 29.
Heitinga said: “I did ask Dirk about Everton, and he said it was one of the big clubs in England. We will be playing against each other soon when the derby comes around, so I just want to make sure we win.”
He added: “In my eyes the Premier League is better than in Spain, the whole atmosphere is different. Goodison is an old stadium, but you can smell the football atmosphere there.
“I prefer to play in central defence or central midfield. But I can play on the right side.
“I have done both. One trainer (at Atletico Madrid) played me in the centre and then he was kicked out and the new man played me on the right. I can cope with that.”
Everton will also have £10million Russia international Diniyar Bilyaletdinov on show at Craven Cottage, and the former Lokomotiv Moscow winger said: “This is the best moment of my life, to join a club like this. I have played at a high level in Russia but this will be difficult.
“The tempo of the game in England is so much higher, and it will maybe take a bit of time for me to get used to it.
“But like Johnny I came here to win trophies, and that is my aim now at Everton where I have been very impressed with the other players.”
Everton boss David Moyes, who will also field new £5m defender Sylvain Distin at Fulham, said of his latest two signings: “I am very satisfied with these two players, Billy and Johnny, they are both internationals but they are both young enough to improve.
“They both have experience, but not experience in the Premier League. But they will settle quickly.
“Johnny can play full-back, centre-half and in midfield while Billy can also play in several positions.
“We still do not have that big a squad, so we need the adaptability they have. They are good additions, they will fit in and find this a good place to be. We are excited to have them.”