By Matt Farr
A report has revealed what Everton must pay to land Anton Donkor on a permanent deal.
The 19-year-old forward joined the club from Wolfsburg on loan until the end of the season, in a deal that was confirmed by Everton’s official website on Wednesday morning.
The German youth international will link up with David Unsworth’s Under-23 side at Goodison Park, and if he impresses, the Liverpool Echo have revealed that the Toffees must pay a fee in the region of £1.5million to land him on a permanent basis.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Everton have reportedly already forked out around £100,000 to bring Donkor to the club on loan this month, but the £1.5million fee should pose little problem to Ronald Koeman, who has already spent big to improve his squad ahead of the second-half of the campaign.
Koeman splashed out £24million to land Manchester United outcast Morgan Schneiderlin, while it took another £11million to prize highly-rated youngster Ademola Lookman away from Charlton.
David Unsworth will be pleased with the club’s latest addition, having been in need of further attacking reinforcements after losing two of his regular stars in recent weeks.
19-year-old Dominic Calvert-Lewin has recently made the jump to the first-team setup, while out-of-favour striker Oumar Niasse has been allowed to join Hull on loan until the end of the season.
Donkor made 12 appearances for Wolfsburg’s reserve side this season, scoring one goal, but attracted major interest the season before when the prolific winger scored 14 goals and added nine assists in just 26 games for the Under-19 side.
Football Insider verdict
Donkor will provide Unsworth and Everton with a variety of options in the attacking-third over the next few months, but there is no reason why he can’t also have a role to play in Ronald Koeman’s first-team squad. The Toffees have just allowed Gerard Deulofeu to join AC Milan on loan until the end of the season, and are also without Yannick Bolasie to a long-term injury – leaving them short of cover should one of their regular stars pick up an injury. Having made just one start for Wolfsburg’s reserve team this season, Donkor will certainly benefit from the regular action at Goodison Park, and it will be a great place for him to continue his development. As for the £1.5million, that is nothing compared to what many youngsters go for nowadays, so if he leaves any kind of positive impression at Everton, Koeman should jump at the opportunity.
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