Everton have announced the signing of teenage Nigeria-eligible striker Francis Okoronkwo from Sunderland in a statement on their official website.
🗞️ Sunderland AFC can confirm Francis Okoronkwo has joined Everton Football Club.— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) September 20, 2021
Okoronkwo announced his departure from the Black Cats earlier this summer, and the Toffees have now confirmed his arrival.
Everton has signed the 17-year-old to his first professional deal, which will keep him at the club until June 30, 2024.
Okoronkwo, who was born in Blyth, Northumberland, left Sunderland without making his professional debut, although he was a prominent player for the U18 side last season, scoring three goals and providing three assists in seventeen appearances.
In a U18 Premier League match in May, he was on target and assisted on a goal as Sunderland overcame Everton 4-3.
Okoronkwo has been described as a skilled attacker with exceptional speed, mobility, and balance who is comfortable playing in all frontline positions.
Sunderland had him on their books for about five years.