By Dominic Toner
Midfielder Ryan Ledson has joined Oxford from Everton on a permanent transfer, it was announced on Thursday afternoon.
Everton confirmed on their official website that Ledson has joined League One side Oxford on a three-year deal after the two clubs agreed a fee that is undisclosed.
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The Echo reported that Portsmouth and Oxford had both registered an interest in the central-midfielder but the latter have won the race for his signature.
Ledson was on loan at Cambridge between November and April, and in that time made 27 appearances.
He was also part of the England squad that reached the semi-final of this summers Under-19s European Championship in Azerbaijan.
The young midfielder was given his Toffees debut in 2014 by then manager Roberto Martinez when they faced Krasnodar in the Europa League, but two years on that remains his only first-team appearance.
Everton are undergoing changes at Goodison Park, following the exit of Martinez at the end of the season and the arrival of Ronald Koeman from Southampton.
Their marquee signings have been Yannick Bolasie and Ashley Williams, who was brought in as a direct replacement following the £47.5million sale of John Stones.
In other Everton transfer news, Barcelona have agreed terms for a goalkeeper which paves the way for the club to move for their target.