Scottish Premiership club Dundee have announced the signature of Ryan Astley from Everton for an undisclosed fee.
As per the official Dundee website (18 January), the 22-year-old defender has joined the club on a two-and-a-half-year deal. The Scottish outfit added that the transfer for the player from the Goodison Park outfit is subject to international clearance.
Everton won’t want to lose too many players this month as they look for some stability amid the financial worries behind the scenes.
Manager Sean Dyche won’t, however, lose sleep over the exit of Astley, who spent the first half of the season with the club’s Under-21 side.
He previously enjoyed a loan spell at Accrington Stanley, making 32 appearances for the League One outfit in the 2022/23 season.
Having joined the Everton academy at the age of nine, it will be an emotional farewell for the defender, but there will also be plenty of excitement regarding his next adventure.
Dundee are certainly bringing a player for both now and the future, and Astley should be a solid addition, with the youngster having represented Wales at Under-21 level.
After a winter break, Astley’s new club return to action with a Scottish Cup fourth round trip to Kilmarnock on Saturday (20 January).
They then return to league action, with their trip to Hearts on Tuesday (23 January) representing the first Scottish Premiership match following the break.