The Times have claimed that Everton are set to complete their first signing of the summer in the form of Marseille teenager Niels Nkounkou on a free transfer – after the versatile youngster rejected a new contract.

Nkounkou, 19, was on the verge of making his Marseille debut after achieving a place on the bench in two senior matches this season. But with the campaign curtailed, his wait for a senior debut will now go on.

A France Under-19 international, Nkounkou is naturally a left-sided defender but can also play in midfield. He has been at Marseille for two years, a club in which Andre Villas-Boas has guided his side into the Champions League.