By Danny Wright

Derby manager Gary Rowett has confirmed that he is interested in signing Ademola Lookman from Everton as he believes the winger would add “something different” to his side.

The Mail has recently reported that the Rams had been eyeing up the 19-year-old attacker with a view to landing him on a season-long loan deal.

It was said that Ronald Koeman would be reluctant to let Lookman leave Goodison Park with Aaron Lennon believed to be on the verge of a switch to Watford.

However Rowett has now made his interest in Lookman public as he looks to add some attacking flair to his Derby side’s attack.

“We know there are a lot of names out there, a lot of Premier League players out there that would give us something different, and Lookman would be one of those players,” said the East Midlands club’s manager, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

Lookman only signed for Everton from Charlton in January, but the teenager found himself called into Koeman’s first-team plans almost instantaneously.

The attack-minded winger scored within a minute of making his Toffees debut in January when he found the net in the 4-0 hammering of Manchester City.

He went on to make nine appearances in the Premier League for Everton.

Football Insider Verdict

Everton have bought in a lot of players this summer and it’s only natural that someone like Lookman may begin to not earn as much first-team football as he would have hoped. The attacking winger had a fine start to life on Merseyside, but slowly began to fade as his lack of game-time started to show. In order for him to make progress, he simply must go out on loan and Koeman should really allow it. Derby would be a good team for him to go to as well. The Rams have great facilities and are expected to be challenging for promotion next season. It’s all well and good just getting first-team experience, but playing for teams that are winning regularly would be a massive boost to Lookman’s development.

In other Everton news, the Merseysiders are strong favourites to sign this England international from one of their Premier League rivals.

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