Everton fans react after major January signing is done
By Alex Stevens
Everton fans have reacted with delight after the club announced the signing of winger Ademola Lookman.
The Merseysiders revealed on their official website on Thursday afternoon that they have captured the teenage forward, 19, from League One club Charlton.
Everton did not reveal the fee for Lookman, which has been reported as costing between £7.5million and £11million, but did state that the youngster has signed on a four-and-a-half year contract until July 2021.
— Everton (@Everton) January 5, 2017
Everton fans took to social media to give their verdicts on Lookman, who is the most expensive ever signing from a third tier club.
They expressed their pleasure at the club landing a young player who was targeted by many of the Premier League big guns, although it has been questioned why he did not return to Charlton on loan for the rest of the season.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Pleased with Lookman signing. Good to sign young exciting English players. One for the future. #efc
— Mark Kemsley (@MarkKemsley) January 5, 2017
— Matt Guyan (@GuyanMatt) January 5, 2017
Soooo lookman a Walsh buy or a koeman buy #EFC
— Gareth Davies (@garethd001) January 5, 2017
Proper want Lookman to do well at #EFC. Honest young lad with zero attitude and Everton are a proper club.
— Gary Saunders (@gazgeosaunders) January 5, 2017
Hope it’s not just lookman, scneiderlin and depay need a striker, goalkeeper and centre back #efc
— Liam Brophy (@Broph18) January 5, 2017
The Charlton academy product has been one of the outstanding players in the English lower leagues this season with his performances 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.
The England Under-20 international becomes the first January signing of Ronald Koeman, who reiterated on Thursday afternoon that he is keen to make significant improvements to his squad during the mid-season window.
The France international has barely had a look-in under Jose Mourinho this season and has reportedly been training alone after being frozen out of the first-team squad.
In other Everton transfer news, a midfielder has signed after the Merseysiders settled terms.