Everton set to win race to sign promising Charlton winger

As reported by The Independent, Everton are set to win the race to sign young Charlton winger Ademola Lookman in the January transfer window.

What’s the word?

With the injury to Yannick Bolasie hitting Everton’s attacking line-up hard, Ronald Koeman is seeking replacements in the January transfer window.

An option would be to sign an experienced professional for short-term gains, though there may be little value or upside long-term. Another is signing a bright young prospect and giving them the chance to impress in the first team in Bolasie’s absence.

Today’s report in The Independent suggests Koeman may go for the latter option and are close to signing 19 year old Ademola Lookman from Charlton for a fee of £8m, with add-ons potentially taking the deal to £11m.

They reckon the Toffees have beaten the likes of Celtic, Arsenal and Liverpool to the young winger’s services and are confident of signing him in the opening weeks of the January transfer window.

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Why Lookman?

Lookman was one of the brightest young stars in the Championship last campaign, winning the end-of-season “Apprentice Of The Year” award for his breakthrough into the Charlton first team.

His form in League 1 has only improved, scoring six goals already for the Addicks.

He’s also an England youth international making appearances for the U19 and U20 sides.

League 1 to Premier League is a big step and Everton would be putting a lot of faith in the youngster should they make their move.

However, with the likes of Bolasie out and other Everton wingers not exactly shining this season, he’d have a big opportunity to impress.