Everton have bolstered their youth ranks with the signing of French left-back Niels Nkounkou from Olympique Marseille.
As announced on the club website, the 19-year-old has signed a three year deal with the Toffees after his deal with the French giants expired last month.
The left-back played consistently for Marseille’s B Team last season and was called up to the first team on a few occasions but failed to make his first-team debut at the Stade Velodrome, instead, watching on from the bench.
Nkounkou joins Toffees from Ligue 1 side Marseille
Goal reported that prior to joining Carlo Ancelotti at Everton, Nkounkou had been heavily linked with a move to Juventus, a side known for picking up talented youth players with the likes of Paul Pogba breaking through at The Old Lady after failing elsewhere.
This will also be an encouraging sign for Carlo Ancelotti’s ability to poach players from under the noses of larger teams with the attractive prospect of working under one of the world’s most successful managers. This is something that may be crucial in the pursuit of the likes of James Rodriguez and Leon Bailey, both of whom have been linked with clubs in the top 6 as well as with a move to Goodison Park.
Speaking with the club website, Marcel Brands made it clear that Nkounkou will not be slotting straight into the first-team squad and is instead going to learn from current left-backs Lucas Digne and Leighton Baines.
He said: “Niels is a young, talented player with good technical and physical skills. We have been following him for months.
“Hopefully he can learn a lot from Lucas Digne and Leighton Baines, as well as Carlo Ancelotti and David Unsworth, and follow the same pathway into the first team the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Mason Holgate have taken in recent years.”