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Everton close to agreeing new long-term deal with Francis Okoronkwo

Everton are reportedly close to agreeing a new long-term contract with Francis Okoronkwo, according to The Athletic.

The 19-year-old joined the Toffees from Sunderland in a deal worth around £1 million in 2021. 

After impressing with his performances for the Under-18s during the 2021-22 season, the youngster became a regular starter for the U21s last term. 

He featured in 26 Premier League 2 matches in 2022-23, registering four goals and two assists. 

The striker has made three goal contributions in six Premier League 2 games this term.

Okoronkwo is yet to make his senior debut for the Merseyside outfit but has been part of the first-team matchday squad.

He mainly plays as a centre-forward but can also be used on either flank. The teenager boasts excellent speed, movement and balance. 

Everton also handed Jarrad Branthwaite a new contract earlier this month. 

The 21-year-old’s previous deal was set to expire in 2025, but the new terms ensured he would remain at Goodison Park until 2027. 

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