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Confirmed: Everton complete deal for striker on four-year deal

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Everton have confirmed the signing of young Uruguayan striker Leandro Rodriguez on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old signs from his hometown club River Plate Montevideo, where he scored 19 goals in 71 appearances.

Manager Roberto Martinez believes Rodriguez is a player with tremendous potential but one that is ready for the Goodison first-team given the experience he already has enjoyed at senior level.

Rodriguez  becomes Everton's fourth signing of the summer after Tom Cleverley, Gerard Deulofeu and Mason Holgate, with at least two more players expected to follow before the transfer deadline.

Defender Ramiro Funes Mori is close to completing a move from River Plate (the Argentinian version) while Martinez is also keen to sign a 'number 10'.

Speaking about the Rodriguez deal, Martinez said:

"He's a young talent - one of those elite, talented youngsters who we like to bring in.

"Mason Holgate is a clear example of a really strong, young English defender and Leandro Rodriguez is a young striker with a real knack of scoring goals.

"But he's much more than that, too. His contribution is a lot more than that and hopefully we can provide a path where he can develop and enjoy his football. If he can do that, clearly that's going to bring goals to the first team.

"He probably won’t [need time with the Under-21s] because he has played enough games with his first team in Uruguay in a really competitive league.

"If you look at the amount of strikers that come through those environments, you don’t get surprised about the quality of these players.

"I am not saying that to put pressure on the boy, but he is a player we can be very much excited about in the future."