Barnsley starlet makes move to Goodison Park.
Everton have signed highly-rated teenage defender John Stones from Championship side Barnsley with the youngster signing a five-and-a-half year contract at Goodison Park.
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Stones was regarded as one of the best young defenders in the Championship this season and has been courted by a number of Premier League clubs including Everton, Wigan, Sunderland and Fulham.
Wigan are understood to have had an offer accepted for Stones on deadline day morning to move into pole position to sign the 18-year-old right-back, who is also comfortable playing at centre-back.
But Everton joined the race for the signature of the England under-19 international defender when having an offer of their own accepted – believed to be in the region of £3million – and concluded the transfer with minutes to spare before the close of the deadline.
Everton have been keen to sign a full-back to provide cover with Seamus Coleman, who has made the right-back berth his own this season, currently sidelined with injury.
Stones is Everton’s first – and only – signing of the transfer window following the collapse of Dutch international midfielder Leroy Fer’s £8.5million move from FC Twente due to problems with his medical.