Everton snap up young defender

Everton have announced the signing of 18-year-old defender Nathangelo Markelo from FC Volendam.

The young Dutchman is a versatile defender, who is comfortable at centre-back and right-back.

He has signed a three-year deal with the Toffees and will initially join up with their Premier League 2 team – who won their recently completed season.

Speaking to the club's official website, the Netherlands Under-18 international said: "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.

"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."