Everton sign Lucas Neill on free

Everton have signed Australia captain Lucas Neill on a free transfer, the Premier League club said on their website on Thursday.

The 31-year-old defender, who has 50 caps, signed a one-year contract with the Merseyside club after leaving Premier League rivals West Ham United at the end of last season.

Everton, who are in the Europa League this term, will be Neill's third Premier League club after a previous spell at Blackburn Rovers. He started his career at Millwall.