Everton should try to keep hold of Lookman until January at least

Everton have turned down a £12m bid from RB Leipzig for Ademola Lookman, according to The Mirror.

What’s the word?

The 20-year-old has been on Everton’s books since his January 2017 switch from Charlton Athletic, but managerial changes has affected his progress in the first team.

Lookman signed under Ronald Koeman, but since being at Goodison Park, the Toffees have had Sam Allardyce and now Marco Silva at the helm.

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The youngster spent the second half of last season on loan at Bundesliga club Leipzig, and during that time he impressed by netting five goals and creating four assists in 11 league outings.

According to The Mirror the German outfit are keen to sign Lookman on a permanent basis, and have made moves by launching a bid in the region of £12m.

The report claims that Everton have rebuffed the offer as they are reluctant to sanction a sale, but the player wishes to leave.

What should Everton do?

Silva should try to convince Lookman to stay put, and by doing that he will have to guarantee the attacker regular football.

Lookman can play as a left winger or in a central forward role, and even though he is still at a young age, he has shown in the last year that he can cope with the demand of elite football.

It would be a waste for the Toffees to offload him before really giving him the chance to reach his full potential.

However, if Lookman has his heart set on moving, then the Merseyside outfit should not force him to stay put.