By Matt Farr

Everton have completed the signing of highly-rated young defender Nathangelo Markelo, it has been confirmed.

The Premier League club announced on their official Twitter account and on their official website on Monday afternoon that the 18-year-old had put pen-to-paper on a three-year-deal at Goodison Park.

Markelo will immediately join up with the Everton Under-23’s squad, where he will continue his development under coach David Unsworth before being offered a role in the first-team squad.

The two-time Holland Under-18 international moves to Merseyside from Dutch second division outfit FC Volendam.

He made 30 appearances in all competition for the Under 19 side at the Dutch side last season, scoring one goal.

The versatile defender is adept at playing in a number of different roles in the defensive third, and can be deployed as a centre-back, a right-back or as a right win-back.

FC Volendam had earlier revealed on their official website that Everton had been tracking the youngster for some time, and had watched him in action during a number of their home games.

Football Insider verdict

The deal represents another business venture from Everton focused on building for the future. Ronald Koeman has introduced a number of the club’s youngster into the first-team squad during his first year in charge at Goodison Park, so the option will be there for Markelo if he continues along the right path. Meanwhile, the Under-23’s side is also a positive environment for him to continue his development as a player, with Unsworth’s side having won the Premier League 2 division title last season. The opportunities will be there for him, so as long as he can continue to impress, the move will have been worthwhile.

In other Everton transfer news, the club are reportedly set to move for this £18million-rated forward.

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