EVERTON Academy defender Johan Hammar has joined Stockport County on a one-month loan.

The 18-year-old will head to Edgeley Park in search of first-team football and could make his debut when the Hatters entertain Lincoln City tonight.

A Sweden Under-19 international, Hammar joined Everton from Malmo FF in July 2010, signing a full-time scholarship with the club.

He progressed through to Alan Stubbs’ Under-21 squad this term, making eight appearances to date, after impressing in the U18s side which won their league in 2011.

Darije Kalezic’s Hatters currently sit 17th in the Blue Square Premier division, five points above the relegation zone and 16 points adrift of the play-off places.