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Everton add Dutch striker to youth squad

16-year-old Feyenoord forward on Merseyside today

Germany U16 vs Netherlands U16, UEFA Development Tournament Match
Joshua Zirkzee (#9, second from right)
Photo by Ricardo Nascimento/Getty Images

UPDATE: 7am EST / 12pm BST

The mystery deepens with this signing, as he is apparently playing for the Everton youth side at the Generali CEE Cup right now, in the Czech Republic no less!

Everton’s summer recruitment spree continues unabated as they added another starlet to the ranks of the youth team. Dutch striker Joshua Zirkzee is on Merseyside to work out the details of a transfer from Feyenoord.

The 16-year-old forward, pictured here as part of the Netherlands Under-16 Development squad, had received offers to join the Arsenal and Manchester United youth systems, but chose to make the move to Everton instead. Ronald Koeman, who managed Feyenoord before coming over to the Premier League, is said to have been a factor in Zirkzee’s decision to join the Blues.

As early as this morning, the media were reporting that the youngster was close to joining Arsenal’s Academy. The teenager, considered one of Holland’s brightest upcoming talents potted 33 goals in just 27 games for Feyenoord’s Academy side last season, and he was subsequently promoted to the Under-19 side for the upcoming season.

Despite multiple attempts, Ajax Amsterdam failed to lure the player who has scored once in four Dutch Under-16 international apperances to their youth ranks. The teenager is expected to slot right in at Everton’s Under-18 side.

The Blues have recruited aggressively this summer for both the senior and junior teams, with defender Nathangelo Markelo, striker Boris Mathis, winger Josh Bowler having all been signed this summer and forward Anton Donkor coming back on another loan spell. Star center half Lewis Gibson is also expected to join the team in the coming days.