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Everton set to complete signing of Shelbourne teenager

Published 20/05/2014 | 13:08

Ryan Robinson accepting the Airtricity League of Ireland Under-19 Player of the Month for September
Ryan Robinson accepting the Airtricity League of Ireland Under-19 Player of the Month for September

Everton are on the verge of tying up a deal for Shelbourne teenager Ryan Robinson.

The 18 year-old right-back impressed Everton boss Roberto Martinez during a recent trial and the Blues boss is eager to recruit him for defender Alan Stubbs’ U21s squad next term.

After the success of Seamus Coleman’s move from Sligo Rovers for less than €75,000 in 2009, the Toffees are keen to dip into the Airtricity League yet again, though Robinson’s fee will be considerably higher.

The Liverpool Echo reports that the initial fee will be under £1m, with Shelbourne manager Johnny McDonnell insisting on significant add-on fees to ensure the club are rewarded if Robinson goes on to follow the example of Everton’s current right-back.

“Ryan certainly has a big future in the game," McDonnell said.

"Everton would have seen a rawness to him but he has a lot going for him.

"We'd have no problem allowing him to move on to a better level in England. Everton are chipping away with us on Ryan at the moment and we hope to get the deal over the line soon.

"The initial fee won't make us millionaires but we'll make sure it's heavy on the end of it. It might be better for us to go for the add-ons and everything else."

Coleman and Tony Hibbert are the options in the right-back department, but Martinez is keen to add younger players with an attacking flair to develop for the future.

Robinson only made his full League of Ireland debut against Waterford United last week and was also named in Paul Doolin's U-19 Ireland squad for the forthcoming European Championship qualifying round, one of just five Irish-based players in the international squad.

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