Everton have completed the signing of Oldham Athletic goalkeeper Chris Renshaw on a three-year deal.
The 18-year-old has been linked with a move to Merseyside over the past week, but his move was made official after the formalities of his contract were finalised.
The youngster will be part of the Toffees’ 2016/17 development squad, and he told Everton’s official website that he was delighted to make the move.
“I’m really excited for the challenge,” he said.
“I know about the record of how many players Everton have brought through the Academy. That interested me a lot because there seems to be a serious pathway to the first team.
“Every time we played friendlies at Everton, I always used to say the training ground and facilities would make this an amazing club to be at.
“This is a step up but I’m looking forward to it. For me, this year is a development stage, so it’s about trying to get that regular football in the Under-21s.”
Renshaw worked his way through Oldham’s academy after joining the Latics from the age of 11, and managed to find himself on the bench on three occasions during the 2015/16 campaign.
Renshaw joins Everton having never made a senior competitive appearance for Oldham.