The Old Lady are to have been keeping tabs on the youngster, who has opted to join up with Carlo Ancelotti at Goodison Park

Everton have completed the signing of France Under-19 left-back Niels Nkounkou on a free transfer from Marseille, fending off reported interest from Juventus.

Nkounkou has agreed a three-year deal with the Merseyside club following the expiration of his contract at Marseille.

The 19-year-old played 14 times for Marseille’s B team in National 2 in 2018-19, France’s fourth tier, while also being named on the bench for the first team twice.

He was a rumoured target for Serie A champions Juve but will now be working under Carlo Ancelotti at Goodison Park, though Nkounkou will first bolster David Unsworth’s Under-23 side.

Everton, who are unbeaten since the resumption of the Premier League, have Lucas Digne – France’s first-choice left-back – and Leighton Baines as their options on the left side of their defensive line.

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