Last Updated: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:30
Everton have snapped up young Manchester United striker Sam Byrne following his release from Old Trafford.
The 18-year-old, who never made a senior appearance for United but impressed at various youth levels, has been brought in by boss Roberto Martinez with an eye on the future.
The Republic of Ireland Under-19 international has seven goals in 10 appearances for his country at that age group and was initially tipped to make the breakthrough at Old Trafford.
However, they did not offer him a new deal at the end of last season and he has joined the Blues, where he is likely to feature for the Under-21 side at first before pushing for a first-team role.
Byrne was sent out on loan to Carlisle United in January and impressed for the League One side last term, scoring once in 13 games.
Meanwhile, seven members of Everton's Academy League-winning side of last season have signed their first professional contracts with the club.
Goalkeeper Russell Griffiths, 18, defenders Jonjoe Kenny, 17, Curtis Langton and Gethin Jones (both 18), midfielders Joe Williams and Harry Charsley and forward Calum Dyson (all 17) have all signed deals as they look to eventually make the breakthrough into Martinez's first-team squad.
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