Everton Land Czech Youngster Jinrich Stanek

Toffees snap up a stopper.

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Everton have signed a backup to current first goalkeeper Tim Howard in the shape of Czech teenager Jinrich Stanek, the Metro reports.

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The 17-year-old has signed on for an undisclosed fee from Czech giants Sparta Prague and will now keen the 36-year-old American international Howard on his toes despite being yet to make an appearance at senior level.

Having represented the Czech Republic at under-19 level, he becomes only the second new face to be brought in by manager Roberto Martinez, and follows Lacina Traore, who joined on loan from Monaco earlier this week.

Reports close to the club have suggested that Martinez is pleased to have landed the youngster as he believes he will develop into a top class goalkeeper in the future, but for now he will line up behind current second choice Joel Robles.

Robles followed Martinez to the club from Wigan Athletic over the summer after his fine form saw him commandeer a starting spot towards the end of the season and he was even in goal for the club’s FA Cup victory over Manchester City.

However, he has not been able to put pressure on Tim Howard this season and the American international remains the undisputed number one.

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