By Harvey Byrne
Everton have signed promising young goalkeeper Chris Renshaw on a three-year-deal, the club confirmed on Monday morning.
The 18-year-old has moved from League One side Oldham and will join the Blues’ youth development ranks ahead of the 2016-17 season.
The young goalkeeper is yet to make a first team appearance, but has been part of the Oldham set-up since the age of 11, which means Everton will be required to pay a compensation fee for the shot-stopper.
It had been reported on the official Oldham website that the Latics offered the young prospect a professional contract, but Everton have announced on their own website that Renshaw has opted to move to the Toffees.
Everton have recently released Jindrich Stanek and Renshaw is expected to be the replacement for the young Czech Republic stopper.
Everton are also searching for a first-choice keeper following Tim Howard’s departure at the end of last season, after nine seasons with the Merseyside club.
Joel Robles was Everton’s first choice keeper for the final months of the season, but failed to convince people he was a Premier League keeper.
In other Everton news, West Ham have stepped up their pursuit of a Toffees target.