Everton have completed the signing of Charlton Athletic youngster Ademola Lookman on a four-and-a-half-year deal, the club confirms.
What are the details?
The 19-year-old winger, who can also play as a striker, has penned a long-term deal at the Merseyside outfit.
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Sky Sports report that Everton parted with £7.5m to gain the Londoner’s signature, but the fee is expected to rise with add-ons.
At his age, Lookman could begin his career at the club in the development teams, but considering his impressive breakthrough at Charlton midway through last season, manager Ronald Koeman may want him among the first-team squad.
The teenager is a very promising talent having already scored 10 league goals in 45 appearances for the Addicks.
After finalising the transfer, Lookman told evertontv: “I’m delighted to be an Everton player. The club has a big history and I’m also looking forward to working with the manager, who has a great reputation for developing young players.
“I can’t wait to tackle the Premier League. It was good to experience the Championship last season and also League One for the last six months, but I feel like I’m ready now. I want to settle in as soon as possible, it’s just a matter of time before I do.”
What can Everton fans expect?
In a word, versatility. He may only be a teenager, but Lookman has shown that he possesses the type of qualities that could see him thrive in the Premier League.
He can play on either side as a winger or in behind as a second striker, and he also has plenty of pace and an eye for goal.
Lookman, who has been capped at England Under-19 level, may look to Dele Alli for inspiration as it did not take long for the 20-year-old to earn himself a regular spot in the first team, and now he is arguably one of the first names on the teamsheet for Mauricio Pochettino.
It appears that Koeman is hoping for a similar outcome where Lookman is concerned after he told the club’s in-house channel that he wants the youngster to “make the step as soon as possible”.
The teenager spent two years at Charlton after joining their youth setup from Waterloo FC in 2014.