Reports suggest Everton are close to Lookman deal

Wednesday 28 December 2016  76 Comments  [Jump to last]

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Ademola Lookman could become Everton's first signing of the January transfer window after Ronald Koeman confirmed the club's interest in the player.

The Charlton Athletic wide forward has been strongly linked with a move to Goodison Park this past month, with the latest report from the BBC suggesting that the Blues are confident of landing him in a £10m transfer.

Koeman was asked about potential transfer targets in his pre-match press conference today ahead of the trip to Hull and while he initially refused to discuss specific names — he went as far as to say that some of the names being bandied about in the press are true but that "most of the time it's bullshit" — he admitted that there was firm interest in Lookman when asked directly about the 19-year-old.

The deal, believed to involve around £8m guaranteed to the Addicks with a further £2m dependent on appearances, was thought to have been in the balance due to Charlton's insistence on taking him back on loan for the remainder of the season.

Koeman, however, has designs on using him at first-team level over the second half of the season, indicating perhaps that he would not just be an Under-23 development acquisition for the time being.  


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Terry Downes
1 Posted 28/12/2016 at 18:39:41
Is he better than Deulofeu?
Mike Gaynes
2 Posted 28/12/2016 at 19:07:42
Anybody seen him with Charlton? His YouTube video shows electric pace and an ability to finish with either foot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-48TbuiJx0

He's also a strongly built lad, seems physical enough to handle the work.

John Audsley
3 Posted 28/12/2016 at 19:24:55
Hmm, looks like he could be a player.

Always hard to work someone out via a YouTube video but he clearly has talent.

Let's see what happens.

Jay Wood
4 Posted 28/12/2016 at 19:31:42
My first look at the boy, thanks, Mike, albeit some of the footage was very grainy and clearly taken from junior games, rather than proper league games.

He has been described as lightweight and 'short-arsed' by some, but I noticed he wasn't THAT diminutive in the YouTube video alongside his team mates.

A quick biog search confirmed that – 5ft-9in, or 1.74 m. By contrast to Shaun Wright-Phillips (a player he has been likened to and who had a decent career...) the former Man City and Chelsea player was 5ft-6in or 1.68 m.

Lookman appears to have speed to burn, good close control even when running at speed, a decent cross, and seemingly comfortable on either foot – and not afraid to shoot.

At the age he is – just turned 19 – playing 3rd tier, football it is still a punt, no matter how promising he looks now. But the punt carries a large ticket price, so Walsh and Koeman must be pretty confident he can bring something to the squad.

Here's hoping...

Mike Gaynes
5 Posted 28/12/2016 at 19:38:17
Jay, he also weighs 172 according to his profile, which makes him 25 pounds bigger than Pienaar or Osman. And nobody ever considered tough little Pienaar a lightweight.
John Wilson
6 Posted 28/12/2016 at 19:46:01
Save the 㾶 million and put it towards Premier League ready striker. For god's sake, it's like looking in the bin for food when you can eat at a restaurant. Premier = 1, whereas Charlton = 3 divisions below. It's like shopping at Oxfam when you can shop at Versace.
Brian Furey
7 Posted 28/12/2016 at 19:50:11
Seems quite a lot of money for such a young player but I presume they've been watching him for a while.

An England U21 player with an eye for goal, so he could be just what we need...

John Wilson
8 Posted 28/12/2016 at 19:54:40
Everton need to get out of the Spice Boys mentality. The Premier League is tough now so we need quality players or Everton when we get relegated will be joining Newcastle.

We just cannot compete in the Premier League otherwise. No more hatching chickens hoping for them to show some promise. We need to invest in solid players.

John Dean
9 Posted 28/12/2016 at 19:54:50
Thanks for providing the link, Mike. I liked that he had the composure to know his shot would be blocked and showed patience to keep manoeuvring to get a clear shot away.
Jay Wood
10 Posted 28/12/2016 at 19:57:46
John @ 6 and 8.

I understand what you're staying, but I can't wholeheartedly agree.

If we ONLY buy players of this profile for the fee mentioned, or older players like Williams, then you have a point. That would be a cause for concern.

But given the (still alleged) pot of money Moshiri is willing to spend on transfers, I also expect proven quality players of a good age to be signed up.

I accept we can't ONLY buy 'oven-ready Galacticos,' so I'm not averse to buying potential, within a reasonable budget.

Stan Schofield
11 Posted 28/12/2016 at 19:58:48
John @6: Sometimes you can get Versace stuff in a charity shop, for a fraction of the price. I would have thought that's why Steve Walsh is here.
John Wilson
12 Posted 28/12/2016 at 20:13:45
We're still 7th in the league despite our poor performances. Look at Liverpool, Man Utd, Man City, they each have several world classes players. How can we hope to get anywhere without any world class players?
Stan Schofield
14 Posted 28/12/2016 at 20:26:06
John, Livepool are 2nd, but I don't think they have any 'world class' players. Very good, yes, but not world class.
Mark Frere
15 Posted 28/12/2016 at 20:34:43
Deary me, here's me thinking we need someone of the calibre of Perisic. But no, we are about to take a complete punt on a rookie playing in the third tier of English football! A very expensive punt at 㾶 million.

I'd prefer a player who can do the business in the here and now! Bolasie certainly wasn't the answer at 㿆 million! We've signed enough of these types of players which allegedly have outstanding potential: Galloway, Tarashaj, Henen, Foulds....

Colin Glassar
16 Posted 28/12/2016 at 21:40:34
John, this kid is going to cost us $5BN yes, that's FIVE BILLION Nigerian Dollars. How many other teams have a billionaire player? Screw Madrid, sod Barcelona, poo to Man Utd – we only pay billions now.

ps: I read this in a Nigerian paper.

Soren Moyer
17 Posted 28/12/2016 at 21:52:45
I have given up judging players by their YouTube clips since we signed Niasse.
Soren Moyer
18 Posted 28/12/2016 at 22:00:39
Another £10m down the drain!
James Doran
19 Posted 28/12/2016 at 22:22:55
Why is that Soren@18? He looks to be well worth the risk to me.
Denis Richardson
20 Posted 28/12/2016 at 22:49:02
John (#6 & #8) – I presume you do follow Everton, no?

If so, you might have noticed a guy by the name of Gana who we bought from a Championship club for £7m. Just happens to be our best player so far this season.

He's also miles better than a certain McCarthy, who cost double. The amount you pay doesn't necessarily translate into the player being good.

Get a grip and save the moaning for 1st February when the window closes. You have no idea what players we will have until then and if we get Lookman, he may actually be good. I dare say Walsh and Koeman know a lot more about him than you.

Raymond Fox
21 Posted 28/12/2016 at 22:53:21
Shopping in the bargains dept. as usual, the lad might turn out to be good in the long run, but...

I'd rather we made a statement of intent and buy ready made top quality players. Will Moshiri turn out to be a disappointment? I remain sceptical.

Rob Dolby
22 Posted 28/12/2016 at 23:21:18
I think Kante, Mahrez and Vardy came out of the bargain bin, don't see why we cant find similar. Cahill, Lescott, Arteta and Jagielka all came from lesser leagues and clubs but proved to be top players for us.

We need to get real and buy players who want to prove themselves. This young kid could be the answer.

Tim Constable
23 Posted 28/12/2016 at 23:56:53
Being a cockney blue with a Charlton-supporting Dad, I've been to the Valley a few times this year to keep my Dad company. Lookman is usually the best player on the pitch – certainly the best Charlton player although that's not too difficult right now.

I think he will be a regular starter in the Premier League in the next few years. Is he going to be a top player? I'm not so sure he is probably worth taking but only if the price is right. The majority of the fee should be add -ons and instalments. No more than ١-4m up front.

Kevin Elliott
24 Posted 28/12/2016 at 00:08:03
John... Can you suggest any world class players that might want to join us?
Jim Hardin
25 Posted 28/12/2016 at 00:21:03
Cool, go get him and see if he works out or not. However, please go and get Pulisic who plays right and left wing and also attacking central player (mid?, although with Dortmund's flying circus of youth up front it sometimes is hard to tell).

Already playing and scoring in Champions League and Bundesliga and of course for the USA. Seriously, the kid has wheels, creativity, and excellent skills and is an assist machine. Everything Lennon, Deulofeu, and Barkley are not.

FFS, he makes Altidore look like a scoring machine. Plus, Liverpool and Arsenal both want him so we need to get him first.

Andy Codling
26 Posted 29/12/2016 at 01:57:31
Reading here and some Facebook comments, it seems some people are not happy signing a player if he doesn't cost £50 million – which (in their eyes) means they can't be good enough!
Anthony Dwyer
27 Posted 29/12/2016 at 01:59:35
㾶m down the drain!!! Wtf... why do some of you just moan about wanting ready-made players, can't you realise that we have to do this at times? All clubs do it.

This kid is being raved over, why not take a ٦m punt on him (㾶m if he's a success).

Spurs have done it for years, and it's been a godsend for them. Alli is the most recent one, cost around ٢m... now valued Premier League winger within the next five years, he will instantly be worth 㿀m minimum just for the simple fact he's English.

Jordan Ibe went for 㾻m !!

If this kid ends up a first-team player in the next few years we could have a team with Holgate, Browning, Galloway, Calvert-Lewiv, Lookman, Davies, and Barkley – 7 English players, plus many more showing signs of promise (JonJoe Kenny, Liam Walsh, Callum Connolly and the irish lad, Kieran Dowell to name a few).

All of a sudden, we may actually have a nice bright future on the horizon.

I understand it's a huge ask, and many of the above names may fizzle out, but it's a thought at least, and I'm all for spending a bit of money on quality youngsters.

Nicholas Ryan
28 Posted 29/12/2016 at 03:20:44
Presumably, none of the moaning manic depressives posting on this thread, would have bought Seamus Coleman, because he ONLY cost 㿨k and he ONLY came from Sligo Rovers!!

Get Real, people: Messi, Neymar, Eden Hazard etc. are NOT coming to Goodison. That's not anyone's fault, it's just fact.

What will bring them to EFC? Being in the Champions League 4 years in every 5; paying them 𧶀k a week; and somehow convincing them, that Finch Farm is a suburb of London!

Mike Dolan
29 Posted 29/12/2016 at 04:22:45
Lookman looks to have the potential to be an outstanding player in the near future and that is exactly what we need. It's just as important to have young players coming through the system in the future as it is buying ready made performers for now.

Coleman, Jagielka, Holgate, Stones, Galloway, Deulofeu have all been acquired in much the same way and I think it could be considered quite a success. I just hope Koeman and Walsh and team don't take your whining to heart because I really have my fingers crossed that we sign Will Hughes from Derby County also.

Andy Codling
30 Posted 29/12/2016 at 04:36:04
MIke (#29), agreed – Will Hughes looks a very good player.
Julian Wait
31 Posted 29/12/2016 at 04:36:16
After reviewing the clip quickly, which is clearly classed as extensive research, I would say Tim (#23) above has summed up my feelings exactly.

This fella is not proven at the highest level, his touch is still rough, and he was given a lot of space for the goals. In my very amateur opinion I'd say he's a long shot to be top 4 quality, which is where we should be targeting for new players to be, and he's by no means certain to be top half material in the Premier League either.

I will leave it to the pros to sort this out, but I won't be celebrating until I see him rip defenders apart on a regular basis (something no-one at this club has done consistently for years).

Bill Gienapp
33 Posted 29/12/2016 at 07:10:49
People are on this thread complaining that we aren't targeting proven Premier League talent... meanwhile, over on the Morgan Schneiderlin thread, people are complaining that we shouldn't be settling for "Man Utd rejects."
Mark Pierpoint
34 Posted 29/12/2016 at 07:29:01
I imagine a lot of this fee will be based on future appearances for Everton and future success. It will take time for him to acclimatise no doubt, but a lot of teams wanted him; to me that is always a good sign.

Let's not forget Dele Alli started of his career in the lower leagues. It is a good breeding ground; particularly so for dealing with the physicality of football. I also like the fact that this lad, much like our Seamus, hasn't come from the cosseted world of academy football.

I think the comments above about signing 'world class' players is frankly ridiculous. Who and with what money? We are wealthy, but not oligarch rich.

Colin Glassar
35 Posted 29/12/2016 at 08:00:55
Can't we just say, welcome aboard lad and good luck? Give the kid a chance at least.
Bob Parrington
36 Posted 29/12/2016 at 08:06:46
Just because we need some "EPL Ready" players should not mean that we don't look to build the supporting cast with plans for the future. This lad should be considered as a part of the strategy.

A bit like a Vardy but young? Plus, we still don't have the necessaries to shop at the big end of town with cast iron guarantees of performance, do we?

John G Davies
37 Posted 29/12/2016 at 08:51:15
Looking at video clips (impossible to make definitive judgement from video, I know), the kid has got bags of skill, is direct, quick and gets straight up after getting kicked. Looks full of confidence to try things. Given a year, he looks like he could be a player.

The deal will be in instalments so forget about judging him as a £10 million player. If we pay the £10 million, it will mean he has turned out to be a good player as he will have hit the targets set in the instalments.

But hey, lads, forget all of the above. Let's get on a downer about it before he has even signed. Let's make our mind up he's not good enough for us early.

Kieran Fitzgerald
38 Posted 29/12/2016 at 09:10:46
Stones and Galloway were both playing regular lower league football when we bought them. Both to me seemed well able to start and play regular Premier League games.

I think that younger players who have played regular lower league football are better able to adjust to first team Premier League football than a lot of Academy graduates.

Dave Abrahams
39 Posted 29/12/2016 at 09:26:01
Kieran (#38) I don't think Galloway played many games for MK Dons after he came on as a substitute in an FA Cup game as a their youngest ever player. Almost all of his senior appearances have been for Everton and WBA.
Brian Williams
41 Posted 29/12/2016 at 09:36:30
Some of the negative comments on here amaze me, they really do.

I always considered Evertonian's knowledgeable and different from other supporters but there's a number of posts on this thread that show we have our fair share of deluded "fast food supporters."

"Oooh he's shit, he only plays for Charlton" or "I've never heard of him so he can't be any good."

We have people watching these lads, people who've been in the business a good while. People who are professionals. Give them a chance to do their job. If we get the lad and he turns out to be rubbish (I doubt it) then moan.

All this depressing negativity is typical of today's "I want this coz he's got that" attitude. Have a word with yourselves, it's embarrassing.


Aidan Wade
42 Posted 29/12/2016 at 09:58:31
Jesus wept, reading some comments here leaves me speechless (evidently not text-less).

What is a statement of intent? Does it win you games? This is what happens when you raise a child on 24 hours Sky Sports.

Mahrez, Kante, and Vardy came from lower leagues for small fees and won Leicester the league... now who was it identified those prospects?

Harry Wallace
43 Posted 29/12/2016 at 10:05:41
Exciting prospect. Good to see us picking up these players rather than Spurs! I seem to remember us going for Walker and Alli when they were players in lower leagues but we wanted installments. Mix of youth and experience for me please.
Brian Harrison
44 Posted 29/12/2016 at 10:10:56
I see in the Liverpool Echo Peel Holdings are saying "watch this space" about Everton's new ground.
Martin Nicholls
45 Posted 29/12/2016 at 10:16:18
Isn't it the accepted norm for Premier League clubs to send their young players on loan to lower league clubs? Lookman has already had that lower league experience and seemingly, in the opinion of Koeman and Walsh, "passed the test". How can he not be a promising signing?

Anthony (#27) – who is "the Irish lad, Kieran Dowell"? "Two Keiran Dowells, there's only two Keiran Dowells ..." :-)

Alan J Thompson
46 Posted 29/12/2016 at 10:35:59
How does this fit in with the Manager's assertion that young players can't handle the pressure or did he see something this week to cause him to doubt his own opinion?
Patrick Murphy
47 Posted 29/12/2016 at 10:38:15
Brian (44) Watch this space is a phrase that sends shudders down my spine:) here's the link to the article in the Echo for others to peruse.

Watch This Space

Mike Allen
48 Posted 29/12/2016 at 10:58:15
Who are these world class players? Are we just talking celeb names because there aren't many true world class players knocking about. It doesn't matter if we pay 㾶M or 㿊M – it's still taking a chance... Look around the league – the number of big money failures is frightening.
Brian Williams
49 Posted 29/12/2016 at 11:30:47
Seems to be still "up in the air"... although nobody in their right mind would say yay or nay before anything is definite.

I'm remaining cautiously optimistic with everything crossed for luck.

Iain Love
50 Posted 29/12/2016 at 11:35:04
When people talk about top 4 class players signing for us, I think they may forget – firstly, we (at present) are not top 4; and secondly, we don't pay silly wages to offset that.

The two Man Utd rejects we are linked with currently command combined wages of around 𧶀k a week. This equals or is higher than our MVP.

We have to buy potential like Lookman or go for quality players from smaller clubs, which doesn't always work out, for example, Sigurdsson at Spurs. This usually works out to be quite expensive.

It does appear that we have put in place a very good scouting network that has more knowledge and experience than ourselves and we should accept their wisdom, for now.

Ary Lima de Moraes
51 Posted 29/12/2016 at 12:06:19
Yet most fans were excited about paying 30 million + monster wages on a Russian League overrated player like Witsel... Or benched on Serie A Gabbiadini.
Frank Bortoli
52 Posted 29/12/2016 at 12:55:36
Such negativity on a level I can't believe. Nick (#28) you are spot on.

We need new blood for the future of this club and players of this calibre is what is required to take us forward as Stones, Jags and numerous other players have shown over the years. Hopefully he can make a few appearances this season and maybe cement his place in the first squad for next season.

Let's face it, we are not going to attract world class players even with the money we have as most of the other clubs are in a similar position and we have to compete on what we can offer them. At the moment its mediocrity, a mid table club and no champions league.

Buying so-called ready made players at 㿊-40 million does not guarantee you success. Let's get real and not just think of today.

Raymond Fox
53 Posted 29/12/2016 at 14:11:56
Its not negativity – it's a question of at least in my case of we have gone down this road for the past 20 years; we have not progressed have we?

If we are to seriously challenge the 'big' 6 we need to attract players on the next higher level. How you manage that is another question but, off previous experience, we need to, or we will always be best of the rest, or at least it's very likely we will be.

By all means sign the lad, but we need to raise the ante.

Jim Hardin
56 Posted 29/12/2016 at 14:59:02
I say buy up all the young talent you can, and loan them out to develop their skills. Then, sell them.

It has worked wonders for Chelsea. They were already making a profit doing this but now that the Chinese are involved, Chelsea are basically minting money off these payers.

I don't see anything wrong with Everton doing a little of this too. Sell players not likely to make the first squad so we can keep those who will make it or who are already on it.

John Wilson
57 Posted 29/12/2016 at 16:00:49
It is not about money – we only need to look at Leicester for that lesson. We need to think big now and not wait until most of the current fans have died of old age or in retirement places with dementia. We have a billionaire on board now.

Everton are not viewed as good commercial prospect for the top class players. Why not (answers on... yes, there's many reasons). If you look at the likes of Chelsea's team their valued some where in the region of £350 million.

When I watch Everton I see Lukaku who can't even stay on the ball for the size of him. I look at Barkley and think, not even too little, too late. Just sentimental reasons why he's still at Everton. I look at the Premier League teams all whom we've played this season, many of which do not have our purse, yet each one has some thing to offer whether decent players, team mentality and or teams who can defend and score goals.

Besides Lukaku, we have Enner Valencia as a striker (on paper), but we have no other strikers. Our back four is like a player's retirement home. Koeman on current performances is not the master tactician (through media hype), we presumed he was. Southampton have a good team with strikers.

We have the life-blood, who need no mention who strive every game for little reward overall. Other than that, who do we really have. I am so shocked that we're in 7th this season given our continuously poor show, in fact were it not for the performances against the Premier League's low teams we would not be seventh from the top but more like further down than 7th from the bottom.

Something needs to change. We cannot afford any more Naisse faux pas either.

I looked at Liverpool's performance who were largely terrible until they switched on and then it was like watching a Barcelona master class.

Bournemouth are a relatively poor team financially speaking), but they still put in tremendous performances at times. Look also at Hull, how strong they were against Liverpool, once again until Liverpool switched on superstar performance mode.

Clive Lewis
58 Posted 29/12/2016 at 16:52:11
㾶 million is not a risk, it's either a waste of 㾶 million or a bargain. I looked at YouTube and thought 'waste'. Not sure but the fact that we have signed him seems to suggest all the top teams feel the same, it's a big risk.

Question to be asked is: Do we have the finances for such a risk? Personally would prefer to go for a good striker proven whom is going through a bad spell.

Patrick Murphy
59 Posted 29/12/2016 at 17:01:33
Clive (58) The problem with buying a 㾶m proven striker if one were available, is that a player of that type will demand far more in salary than an unproven lad who is being offered the chance to ply his trade in the Premier League.

If Everton do sign the kid we can only hope that he is a success, just as we can only hope that a major high-value signing is a success.

Matthew Williams
60 Posted 29/12/2016 at 17:07:57
10 goals in 45 appearances for Charlton doesn't really get you excited when the fee being talked about is 㾶 million. I would rather we put the money towards a much more ready made striker, especially as we have already brought one prospect in the same position from Coventry a few months back.
Brian Williams
61 Posted 29/12/2016 at 18:44:47
The lad's more of a winger than an out-and-out striker so I wouldn't worry too much about his goal stats.

He's supposed to be really outstanding, level-headed, determined and confident, with a bit of "nastiness" about him. Sounds good to me, but let's see if we get him first before we destroy and devalue him.

Ray Atherton
62 Posted 29/12/2016 at 18:47:47
I hope we can sign him; he seems a decent footballer.

Remember we all thought we had a gem in Sam Byram, although the Hammers fans have not seen a lot of him, regarding his injuries.

Steven Jones
63 Posted 29/12/2016 at 22:27:19
The head of Charlton Youth is a close friend of over 30 Years and I have been working with him closely over the last 12 months... Lookman is a grounded individual that has balance and technical ease within himself.

He appears from all aspects that he has no attitude barriers to going all the way. He is calm and has a winner's and an improver's attitude.

Very physically balanced, two-footed, sees a vision and a picture instantly on the field, can shoot with either foot and usually under control – not skying it.

In a lot of respects, he reminds me at this stage of his career of a Trevor Steven or a Paul Bracewell...

His balance and his decision-making making him look very similar to Tricky Trev, but he also has a burst of pace that can take him beyond defenders. This is a 4-3-3 type player rather than a 4-4-2 – Koeman's view.

As for his outlook and attitude – it can take him and us a long way. Going beyond what others would pay, say ٣-6mill, then we are now in a position where we have to take these gambles... just as Howard Kendall had to gamble so much in the 80s. Maybe a Tricky or a Sheedy comes from one of these punts...

Colin Glassar
64 Posted 29/12/2016 at 22:46:30
I'd like us to go for Demarai Gray from Leicester. That kid is going to be a star.
Brian Williams
65 Posted 29/12/2016 at 22:50:22
Colin will you please stay on the subject... Christmas has past so don't be startin' yer list yet – *lol.*
Oscar Huglin
66 Posted 30/12/2016 at 00:54:13
All I know about this kid is that I am 5 seasons in to a FIFA 17 career mode with Charlton (who I picked at random in September) and he's currently leading the line for me in the Champions League, alongside some kid called Tammy Abraham.

Sign them both up?

Don Alexander
67 Posted 30/12/2016 at 13:00:34
The news from Steven Jones @ 63 is encouraging, but the fee seems excessive in my opinion. Maybe it's an age thing!

Tammy Abraham is one of the dozens of youngsters hoovered up and then loaned out by Chelski. He's a centre forward, 19, 6'-4" and has been belting them in all his life. He has a brother at Charlton called Timmy.

And here's me wondering what I'd do with that new anorak I was given at Crimbo!

Jamie Barlow
68 Posted 30/12/2016 at 13:37:00
Timmy and Tammy?
Don Alexander
69 Posted 30/12/2016 at 14:25:04
If Kenwright and Elstone get involved, I'll put money on it that we'll end up "Tummy".
Frank Wade
70 Posted 30/12/2016 at 16:19:16
Thanks Steven for your insight. I hope we can fend off the other clubs who will certainly be trying to sign Lookman. 8m plus 2m on top is not a lot to pay these days. He will attract a premium now and in the future as an English qualified player for Euro competitions.

I assume the Irish lad Anthony refers to is Harry Charsley.

Mike Gaynes
71 Posted 30/12/2016 at 22:37:13
Steven #63, much appreciated.
Colin Hughes
72 Posted 30/12/2016 at 22:42:13
Lookman? Small time signings that you would expect the likes of Palace or Bournemouth going after.
Gary Edwards
73 Posted 01/01/2017 at 11:00:39
Missing from Charlton's last game vs Southend, London rags report his move as imminent.

Thankfully comments in previous threads about him being 'Atsu~esque' in terms of size and ability appear to be 'off the mark', thankfully.

I embrace the club chasing top, young talent... let's hope that Koeman opens his mind and eyes to the top talent we have in our table-topping U23s, not least Liam Walsh, Harry Charsley and Antonee Robinson.

David Hallwood
74 Posted 01/01/2017 at 13:06:24
Colin (#72),

It must be remembered that Dele Alli came from MK Dons, Stones from Barnsley, and Vardy from the Dog & Duck. Everyone's got to start somewhere...

Colin Glassar
75 Posted 01/01/2017 at 13:10:10
Alan Ball from Blackpool and Howard Kendall from Preston, Colin. Didn't Sheedy come from a shitty little club as well?
Rob Halligan
76 Posted 01/01/2017 at 13:16:28
Mason Holgate also came from Barnsley. Bet most thought what Colin Hughes (#72) thinks.

Seems he will turn out to be a good 'un!!

Steve Hogan
77 Posted 01/01/2017 at 13:38:34
Colin (#73) Happy New Year to you to. What a wonderful optimistic outlook.
Tony Abrahams
78 Posted 01/01/2017 at 13:53:07
I might be wrong but I'm sure Chelsea pinched that Tammy Abraham off Charlton when he was a kid.

They seem to have a good academy; the kid who Liverpool signed off them and then got a really bad injury, is also spoken about in "glowing terms"

David Booth
79 Posted 01/01/2017 at 21:48:39
Primed perfectly for Spurs or West Ham to come in and pinch him – after we've given Charlton a free estimate of his market value.

It's the Everton way...

Rob Dixon
80 Posted 03/01/2017 at 20:31:31
I sit behind the press box in the Main Stand.

I'm positive I and a few others around me saw Lookman in the Directors Box in front when everyone was returning after half-time, near Sharpy yesterday. He looked very happy, smiling and chatting to people?

Can anyone else confirm ?

Sam Hoare
81 Posted 04/01/2017 at 10:54:52
Apparently this lad is having a medical today.

Very curious to see what a 㾶m league one teenager looks like. Seems a huge amount for someone so untested.

I see he won Championship Apprentice of the year last season which got me enthused untill I had a quick look at the previous winners:

2015 – Lewis Cook
2014 – Mason Bennett
2013 – Dimitar Evtimov
2012 – Gael Bigirimana
2011 – Connor Wickham
2010 – Adam Matthews
2009 – Sean Scannell

Not the most inspiring list which shows how often young promise leads not to the summit but relative obscurity. Hopefully this lad will do better and Walsh and his team have been thorough in their assessment.

I see that he has captained Charlton recently which at 19 is a good sign of his character and the faith placed in him.

Think he will be a Nathan Redmond type player, who incidentally I was amazed we didn't go for when Norwich bought him for ٠m three years ago.

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