Everton have agreed to sign Sunderland youngster Francis Okoronkwo in a £1million deal, according to the Daily Mail.
Okoronkwo impressed for Sunderland’s Under-18s’ last season, scoring three goals and adding three assists in 17 Under-18 Premier League appearances.
The 6-foot-3 attacker was part of the squad which travelled to Wembley for the EFL Trophy final in March, in an attempt to get him to put pen to paper on a new deal at the club.
But according to the Daily Mail, Everton have now reached an agreement to sign the forward in a deal worth up to £1million.
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Sunderland were reluctant to lose their young forward amid interest from a host of clubs, but it’s Everton who have won the race for the striker.
The Black Cats are no strangers to losing their talented youngsters to big clubs, with Joe Hugill and Logan Pye both joining Manchester United.
It’s obviously a blow for any club to lose one of their young players to a big club.
Okoronkwo is still obviously very young, and at 16 years old, his first-team chances will have undoubtedly been limited over the next few years.
But the striker has now joined Everton and left Sunderland, despite the Academy of Light producing some really talented young players over the years.
Time will only tell whether he has made the right decision to leave, but Everton have an impressive academy and they will be looking to nurture him and look after him going forward.