Everton agree fee to sign attacker - report
By Harry Sykes
Everton have agreed a fee with Charlton for the transfer of winger Ademola Lookman, according to a report.
The Mail claim that the Merseysiders have settled the price they will pay the League One club to sign the highly rated teenager.
It is said that Ronald Koeman’s side have agreed to pay Charlton a fee rising to £10million for the attacker as they put the finishing touches to a January transfer.
The Mail report that the impending arrival of Lookman will open the door for Gerard Deulofeu to leave the club amid talks with AC Milan.
Manager Koeman broke cover last week to admit that Everton are interested in signing Lookman in January.
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Asked specifically about Everton’s reported pursuit of the 19-year-old, Koeman said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo reporter Neil Jones, that “there is interest in the boy, yes”.
Koeman asked about Lookman: There is interest in the boy, yes. #EFC
— Neil Jones (@neiljonesecho) December 28, 2016
Koeman’s decision to go public with Everton’s interest in landing the teenager suggests that a deal could be close to being struck with League One outfit Charlton.
The Independent reported last month that Toffees director of football Steve Walsh has identified Lookman as the best replacement for injured wide man Yannick Bolasie, who will miss the rest of the season with knee ligament damage.
Lookman has made a big impact for Charlton this season on the left wing and has emerged as one of the outstanding players in the lower divisions.
He has has scored seven goals and supplied two assists from 25 matches for the third tier club, including five goals in league games.
Football Insider verdict:
Everton clearly mean business in the January window as they look to make major squad reinforcements. Lookman would be a fine medium-term capture for Everton but it would be stretching credulity to claim he is the natural replacement for Bolasie. In the short-term future, at least. The England Under-20 international has tremendous potential but is learning his trade in the lower leagues and has never been tested in the top flight. The wings are a particular weak spot for the Toffees with none of their current senior players performing on a consistent level. Koeman should swoop for Lookman to beef up the club’s medium-term options but he also needs a proven Premier League performer for the second half of this season.
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