Everton have completed the signing of Swiss striker Shani Tarashaj from Grasshoppers Zurich on a four-year deal.
The club confirmed the transfer on their official Twitter feed on Thursday with an accompanying picture of the youngster with manager Roberto Martinez:
DONE DEAL: #EFC have signed Swiss U21 international Shani Tarashaj from @1886_GC on a four-and-a-half year deal. https://t.co/yg4gjiAxiX2016-1-7 13:20:23
The 20-year-old is a skilful forward who has been impressing for Grasshoppers since breaking into the first team in 2014. Tarashaj will return to the Swiss outfit on loan until the end of the season, per Everton's Twitter feed.
Martinez told the club's official website he's delighted to get a player of great promise on board and that he will be part of the first-team squad next season:
Shani is an enormous young talent in Swiss football who, without a doubt, will have a great future. We're delighted to have found a young player who believes that our Club is the perfect step for him to enhance his quality and to grow his career.
He fits in really well to our style and the way we want to play the game. He is a family boy, hungry and he is desperate to fight for his place in our talented young squad.
Tarashaj has represented the Switzerland U21 side on eight occasions already, netting a respectable five goals in the process. As the Everton website notes, the forward has also scored eight goals in 18 appearances for the Zurich club this season.
Here's a brief glimpse of what the Toffees fans can look forward to next season when Tarashaj joins up with the first team:
It's a welcome addition for Everton in an area of the field they are a little short of strength in depth. In Romelu Lukaku, the club are lucky enough to have one of European football's very best young strikers, but aside from the burly Belgian, there is not great quality at the point of the attack.
Of course, it'd be naive to expect a player like Tarashaj to come in and immediately start pushing a player like Lukaku for a spot in the XI, but it's clear he has great talent and potentially a bright future ahead. Martinez has assembled a very exciting young squad at Goodison Park, and the Swiss striker will be hoping to become another exciting part of it in the years to come.