Nathangelo Markelo claims he first heard of Everton interest two weeks ago, immediately wanted to sign

General view outside the stadium before the match - Goodison Park

Everton have snapped up Dutch defender Nathangelo Markelo.

General view outside the stadium before the match - Goodison ParkGeneral view outside Goodison Park

Everton have tied up the signature of Dutch defender Nathangelo Markelo, and he has shared his delighted when speaking to the club's official website.

The Toffees sealed big-money moves for goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and midfielder Davy Klaassen, but more deals are in the works for Ronald Koeman's men.

Everton manager Ronald KoemanEverton manager Ronald Koeman

Whilst fans are focusing on first-team additions, Everton have also been looking at players for the future, with the likes of Bassala Sambou, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ademola Lookman all joining.

Now, Everton have tied up another young signing, as Dutch teenager Nathangelo Markelo has penned a three-year deal at Goodison Park.

Markelo, 18, has come up through the ranks with Volendam in his native Netherlands, and has already made his senior debut whilst also representing the Netherlands at youth level.

General view inside the stadium before the match - Goodison ParkGeneral view inside Goodison Park

A defender who can play at centre back, right back and right wing back, Markelo will begin his Everton career with David Unsworth's Under-23 side, with the hope of stepping up into the first team.

After completing his move to Merseyside, Markelo told the club's official website that he already loves being with Everton, and first heard about the move two weeks ago, when he immediately decided he wants to join the Toffees.

Everton U21 coach David UnsworthEverton coach David Unsworth

Markelo added that he is already looking forward to the new season, and wants to eventually progress into Ronald Koeman's first team setup in the future.

“It feels great to be an Everton player,” said Markelo. “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,” he added.

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