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Everton Snap Up Ademola Lookman

Everton Gaffer, Ronald Koeman has welcomed the arrival of teenage forward Ademola Lookman to his first-team squad.

The £10million signing from Charlton was the subject of a Secret Scout report in Sportsmail last January and Koeman said: ‘Lookman is a player for the future. We will see how long it takes when he gets a chance.

‘He is 19 and we expect a lot from the boy.’

Lookman, who made 49 appearances for Charlton after coming through the club’s youth set-up, has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract which will keep him at Goodison Park until the summer of 2021.

Charlton had been keen for Lookman to remain at The Valley on loan for the rest of the season, but Everton boss Ronald Koeman wants his new recruit to be involved with his first team squad.

The Toffees saw off interest from Crystal Palace to secure a deal for Lookman, which makes him the most expensive player ever signed from a League One club, ahead of Fabian Delph and Nick Powell.

Lookman is delighted to have made the move and believes working under Koeman is exactly what he needs to further his career as he makes the step up to the Premier League.

He said:

‘It feels great to be an Everton player. As soon as I heard about Everton’s interest I knew this would be the right place for me. Everton has a big history and I was also attracted by the manager.

‘When you look at what he did at Southampton, and what he does with young players in terms of developing them, that was a big attraction.

‘It was great playing in the Championship last season and for the last six months in League One but I feel like I’m ready to make the step up to the Premier League.’

Lookman scored seven times in 25 appearances for Charlton this season, with Koeman excited to have the talented youngster at his disposal.

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