Everton Football Club has completed the signing of young Uruguayan prospect Leandro Rodriguez on a four-year deal to June 2019.
The 22-year-old striker has arrived at Goodison from River Plate Montevideo for an undisclosed fee.
Rodriguez netted 19 goals in 71 games for his hometown club and is
regarded by Everton manager Roberto Martinez as a player with the talent
to develop into a real threat in the Premier League.
"He's a young talent - one of those elite, talented youngsters who we like to bring in," said the Toffees boss. "Mason Holgate is a clear example of a really strong, young English defender and Leandro Rodriguez is a young striker with a real knack of scoring goals.
"But he's much more than that, too. His contribution is a lot more than
that and hopefully we can provide a path where he can develop and enjoy
his football. If he can do that, clearly that's going to bring goals to
the first team.
"He probably won’t [need time with the Under-21s] because he has played
enough games with his first team in Uruguay in a really competitive
“If you look at the amount of strikers that come through those
environments, you don’t get surprised about the quality of these
“I am not saying that to put pressure on the boy, but he is a player we can be very much excited about in the future.”