By Alex Stevens
Everton are close to wrapping up the signing of Charlton winger Ademola Lookman in the first of what is expected to be a number of January additions, according to a report.
The BBC Sport website claims Lookman is poised to undergo a medical with the club after the terms of an £11million transfer were agreed.
It is said that Everton will then “intensify their interest” in Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin in a bid to beat West Brom to his signature.
The BBC report that the Merseysiders have already had a £19million bid for the France international rejected by United, who are holding out for the £24million fee they paid Southampton for the 27-year-old in the summer of 2015.
Everton are also interested in signing United winger Memphis Depay, who is another player marginalised at Old Trafford since Mourinho took over.
The Holland international has barely figured in the first team this season and there is a strong possibility that United are open to offers for him.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman is keen on make early inroads in the January window, with Idrissa Gueye away on African Cup of Nations duty with Senegal and James McCarthy out injured.
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.
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. As for Schneiderlin, it appears that West Brom are prepared to push Everton hard to land the United midfielder and it may not be as easy to land the player’s signature as the Merseyside club might have initially envisaged.
In other Everton transfer news, a midfielder has signed after the Merseysiders settled terms.