Everton to complete first January signing in next 24 hours - Times
By Alex Stevens
Everton will complete their first signing of the January transfer window in the next 24 hours, according to a report.
The Times claim the Merseysiders are poised to land the Charlton winger Ademola Lookman for a fee of around £11million.
It is said that the deal is in line to go through by Tuesday night after Lookman, 19, was pulled out of Charlton’s 4-1 win over Bristol Rovers on Monday.
The Times report comes after the Mail stated that the Merseysiders have settled the price they will pay the League One club to sign the highly rated teenager.
The impending arrival of Lookman could pave the way for Gerard Deulofeu to leave the club this month amid strong interest in the player of clubs on the Continent, led by AC Milan.
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Manager Koeman broke cover last week to admit that Everton are interested in signing Lookman in January.
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
Everton are set to land Lookman after suffering the huge blow of losing winger Yannick Bolasie for the rest of the season with knee ligament damage sustained against Manchester United last month.
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 wrapped up a deal of a player who could make a major impact in the years to come.
In other Everton transfer news, a midfielder has signed after the Merseysiders settled terms.