Everton manager Ronald Koeman
Everton have reached an agreement with Dutch club FC Volendam for the highly rated young defender Nathangelo Markelo, the Dutch club have confirmed on their official website.
The young defender had been extensively scouted by Everton and other leading European clubs, but according to reports from Liverpool Echo, the Blues have secured the deal for the Holland U-18 international.
Everton have also announced the deal on their official Twitter handle. The player has signed a three-year contract with the Toffees.
Markelo is a versatile player who usually plays as a right central defender, but can also operate as a right-back.
Everton have watched the youngster play several home games of FC Volendam, and became convinced of his qualities.
Markelo becomes the second youth player from the Dutch club to leave for a big club, with Vicente Besuijen having joined Serie A giants Roma.
Markelo has become the second Dutch player to have arrived at the club, with the Toffees having already signed Davy Klaassen from Ajax.
Central defence is one area Ronald Koeman is looking to bring quality players in, but in all probability, they consider Markelo as a player for the future.
General view outside the stadium before the match - Goodison Park