By Matt Farr
The England and Nigeria national sides are locked in a battle to land the services of Everton wonderkid Ademola Lookman, according to a report.
The Mirror understand that Nigeria have stepped up their attempts to steal the 19-year-old away from the England international side.
Lookman has previously represented England’s Under-19 and Under-20 sides, but is also eligible to play for Nigeria through his parents, a link which the African side are now determined to capitalise upon.
The youngster’s representatives are believed to have held talks with the Nigerian Football Federation last week regarding his international future.
But it is understood that Nigeria chief Gernot Rohr is now seeking to travel to England in a bid to convince Lookman to switch his allegiance to the African side.
If he chooses Nigeria over England, Rohr wants to bring Lookman into the fold as early as next month, when they take on Senegal in a friendly.
England are also in action next month, first in a friendly against Germany on March 22, before a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania four days later.
However, while Lookman could be considered by Gareth Southgate for a place in his squad, he is unlikely to make the step up to the senior side just yet.
The Everton winger has made an instant impact since arriving in the Premier League from Charlton in January, scoring a goal on his debut in a 4-0 thrashing of Manchester City back on January 15.
Toffees boss Ronald Koeman has been very impressed with his new £11million signing, and has started him in their last two league games.
Prior to his move to Goodison Park, Lookman netted seven goals and contributed two assists from his 25 appearances for Charlton this season.