Everton have completed the signing of young Dutch defender Nathangelo Markelo from FC Volendam.
Markelo – an 18-year-old centre-back – has agreed terms on a three-year deal at Goodison Park and will go into David Unsworth’s Under-23s side for the new season.
The defender is considered one of the best young prospects the Netherlands have and has impressed with Volendam, earning him his transfer to Everton.
Markelo has indicated he only had eyes on a move to Ronald Koeman’s side once he heard of the interest and is eager to develop and fight for a place in the first team.
The youngster told the club’s official website: “It feels great to be an Everton player. It’s a nice opportunity for me and I love it here already.
“I heard something about two weeks ago after a tournament I played in and I was very happy. I decided immediately that I wanted to come to Everton.
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“I’m looking forward to the season now. I have three years here and I hope to get plenty of playing time, develop as a player and then just keep making steps forward towards the first team.”
Markelo becomes Everton’s third signing of the summer with the Merseyside club already showing their intention to improve the squad.
Jordan Pickford joined from Sunderland for £30 million last week in what is a club record deal, while midfielder Davy Klaassen was also signed from Ajax.