Everton set to sign Ademola Lookman at £10m

Everton expect to complete a £10m deal for Charlton’s 19-year-old forward Ademola Lookman early in the January transfer window.

Director of Football Steve Walsh has made the signing a priority and the move is likely to go through quickly as manager Ronald Koeman starts what is expected to be a busy January.

Lookman scored his seventh goal of the season in Charlton’s 1-0 win at MK Dons on Boxing Day.

He has scored five goals in 21 League One games for Charlton this season, and two more in the FA Cup

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He was also linked with Crystal Palace.

When asked about Lookman at his press conference on Wednesday ahead of Friday’s Premier League away match with Hull, Koeman said: “There is interest for the boy, yes.”

Everton – with Walsh a key figure – are embarking on a policy of recruiting emerging young talent as well as established players.

The Toffees signed teenager striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin from Sheffield United for £1.5m in August and the England youth international has figured as a substitute against Arsenal and Liverpool recently.

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Charlton had hoped Everton would loan Lookman back to them for the rest of the season but he is seen as someone who could quickly play a part at Goodison Park.

Koeman will also bid to tie up a move for Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin in a deal that will cost around £20m.
Schneiderlin has been told he can leave Old Trafford by manager Jose Mourinho and Everton also have a strong interest in Koeman’s fellow countryman Memphis Depay.

The Netherlands attacker is also surplus to requirements under Mourinho.
-BBC

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