LONDON (AFP) - Everton have signed England youth international football defender Brendan Galloway on a five-year deal from League One side MK Dons.
The 18-year-old, who was born in Zimbabwe, will join the under-21 side at Goodison Park.
"It means an awful lot to me coming to such a great club. I'm now looking forward to learning off some of the more senior players - the likes of Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka," Galloway told the official Everton website.
"I've been watching them for years now and they're great professionals, great players - players who have been there and done it. That's a big thing for me to be able to learn off guys like that."
Galloway became the youngest player in MK Dons' history to feature for the club when, at the age of 15, he made his debut as a second-half substitute in a 6-0 FA Cup victory over Nantwich Town in November 2011.
MK Dons manager Karl Robinson was disappointed to lose Galloway, but wished him well for the future as he told his club's official website: "I do believe Brendan can be as good as he wants to be and I wish him all the luck in the world.
"He's going to a fantastic football club in Everton that will only aid his development."