Done deal: Everton agree terms with forward
By Alex Stevens
Everton have completed the signing of forward Ademola Lookman from Charlton, it was announced on Thursday afternoon.
The Merseyside giants have landed the winger after agreeing terms with the League One club.
The official Everton website confirmed that Lookman had signed but did not reveal the cost of the transfer amid reports that they will pay a fee rising to £11million.
The Premier League giants did reveal that the 19-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half year contract that runs until the summer of 2021.
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The England Under-20 international, who has earned rave reviews since breaking into Charlton’s first team midway through last season, becomes the first January signing of Ronald Koeman.
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“Ademola is a big talent and, at 19 years old, he has a big future in the game,”Koeman told the Everton website: “I’m really happy that we’ve been able to bring him here to the club.
“This is part of the vision we have for the club and it’s important to give to young players the opportunity so that the team continues to evolve and improve.
“We believe in the player and in the development of the player which, of course, will take time but he will have a big part to play in the future of the club.”
Everton have signed Lookman after suffering the huge blow of losing winger Yannick Bolasie, whose knee injury is so severe he might not play again until 2018.
Charlton academy product Lookman has been one of the standout players in the English lower leagues this season after catching the eyes of Premier League scouts with his performances for Charlton on the left wing.
He has has scored seven goals and supplied two assists from 25 matches for the third tier club, including five goals in League One encounters.
Football Insider verdict:
Everton clearly mean business in the January window as they begin the process of strengthening a squad that requires considerable refurbishment. Lookman might not be the big name that Evertonians crave, or be regarded as a major statement of intent, but the influence of recently appointed director of football Steve Walsh is written all over this deal. Lookman has caught the eye of many of the elite clubs, but Walsh and his recruitment team have landed a player who Everton are confident can make a major impact in the years to come. He has made a huge impact since breaking into the Charlton first team and, while the Premier League is a big step up from League One, he has the raw materials to be a glowing success if he is well managed and keeps his head stuck on.
In other Everton transfer news, a midfielder has signed after the Merseysiders settled terms.