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Everton reportedly set for sale of $28M Lookman

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Will Everton regret its failure to find the right fit for Ademola Lookman at Goodison Park?

The Toffees are set to sell the 21-year-old striker to RB Leipzig this summer for just $8 million more than they paid Charlton for her services, according to Sky Sports.

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Lookman scored five goals with four assists in a half-season loan for RBL in 2018, but could not find regular feature time for the Toffees upon his return.

Yes, the $28 million is still a decent fee, but Lookman is an English striker with U-20 World Cup-winning experience, and was given just three starts from his 21 appearances in the Premier League for Marco Silva‘s men last season (posting two assists in 601 minutes.

Lookman prefers to play left wing, but also operates on the right. Everton has Richarlison, Bernard, and Theo Walcott amongst a relatively deep wing corps.

The stats seem to show that Lookman simply had trouble getting the ball at Everton in comparison to RBL. Maybe he needs to be a bigger part of the show, and we’ll find out whether he can do that with Tyler Adams and Co. in Leipzig.

Transfer Rumor Roundup: Alderweireld to Roma, Haller to West Ham

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According to Sky Sports, Roma sporting director Franco Baldini is in London to discuss a move for Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld. The 30-year-old was a regular for Spurs along the back line last season, but reportedly has a clause in his contract where he can leave for a bargain price of $31 million. That clause reportedly expires July 25, leaving clubs with little time to take advantage of such a steal.

Still, Roma seems determined to lower this price even further, hoping to convince Spurs that Alderweireld could leave next summer for free with many bigger clubs scared away by his large wage demands and advanced age. Alderweireld rejected a contract offer from Spurs hoping to secure a bigger payday elsewhere, and if reports from Italy are to be believed, the offer from Roma are not exactly the massive windfall he may have hoped for.

There ultimately seems to be a lot more to go on this front before it becomes a reality. Daniel Levy, a known negotiator, likely won’t be spooked by letting a 31-year-old defender walk next summer after five strong seasons at the club and just $18 million spent to bring him from Ajax in 2015. The payday would be nice, but Alderweireld is still a strong starter at this point in his career and isn’t terribly valuable on the open market. Keeping him another season and letting him walk for free isn’t the worst decision Levy could make.


West Ham has been reportedly interested in Eintracht Frankfurt striker Sebastien Haller, but until recently, the player was not keen on the move. However, there’s apparently been a change of heart, and a $45 million deal may be back on.

According to L’Equipe reporter Hugo Delom, British agent Willie McKay has convinced Haller that a move would be best instead of holding out for a Champions League club. The 25-year-old scored 20 goals for Frankfurt last season across all competitions last season, including 15 in 29 Bundesliga appearances.

The Hammers need a goalscorer in the worst way. The only natural strikers on the roster are Javier Hernandez and Jordan Hugill. Chicharito is 31 and rumors are flying of an exit this summer, while Hugill spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough and struggled, scoring just six goals in 37 Championship appearances. Meanwhile, Robert Snodgrass is aging at 31 years old and Marko Arnautovic has departed for the Chinese league.


Aston Villa is reportedly in play for Brazilian U-23 captain Douglas Luiz. The 21-year-old midfielder is with Manchester City, having joined back in the summer of 2017 from Brazilian side Vasco de Gama, but he spent last season out on loan at Spanish side Girona and his pathway is still blocked by the wealth of talent in the senior squad.

According to the BBC report, a deal has been agreed upon for $19 million that would see Luiz move to the newly promoted side on a permanent basis. The Brazilian was unable to obtain a British work permit last summer, the partial reason for his loan to Girona, meaning he would have to give that another go for Villa to deploy him this coming season. The report states, however, that they feel confident he will be able to earn a work permit and be eligible to play this campaign.


According to numerous reports in England, with Telegraph reporter John Percy first on the scene, Wolves winger Ivan Cavaleiro is on his way to recently relegated side Fulham, with a medical scheduled for today and the possibility of an announcement soon after.

The reports all say that Fulham will snag the 25-year-old Portuguese international on a season-long loan and will have an option to buy at the end of the season. Cavaleiro was instrumental in Wolves’ promotion campaign two years ago, scoring nine goals and assisting 12 as Wolves won the Championship title, but he struggled to find time on the field in the Premier League last season, making just six starts all season. Wolves also offloaded fellow winger Helder Costa to Leeds United last week.

Fulham needs wingers desperately, with the departure of Ryan Babel and Andre Schurrle on his way back to Borussia Dortmund upon the club’s relegation. Cavaleiro seems a perfect capture for the Whites, as he has proven his ability in the Championship and could be an asset moving forward should they return to the top flight. The Whites are also linked this summer with Brighton winger Anthony Knockaert and Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter.


According to the Liverpool Echo, Everton has responded to an injury from RB Leipzig regarding to Ademola Lookman by setting a price of $31 million.

RB Leipzig is familiar with the 21-year-old England youth international, as the German side had Lookman on loan for the second half of the 2017/18 season. He made 11 Bundesliga appearances including seven starts, scoring five goals and improving as the loan spell went on. They attempted to sign him permanently at the end of his loan spell last summer but could not come to an agreement.

He returned to Everton and spent all of last season as a bench option, making just three starts but seeing the field 21 times, failing to find the back of the net. Lookman is with the Everton squad in Switzerland for their preseason tour.

Bundesliga wrap: Everton loanee Lookman an instant hero

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Bayern Munich continues to run away with the Bundesliga, but the race for second — let alone the Top Four –remains as wild as ever in Germany.

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Second and seventh are separated by just two points on a weekend which saw a load of ex- and current-Premier League property putting their names on the score sheet.

Mainz 0-2 Bayern Munich

Frank Ribery and James Rodriguez scored two goals 11 minutes apart as the visitors took an 18-point lead on the field.

Borussia Monchengladbach 0-1 RB Leipzig

Ready for this, Everton fans? Ademola Lookman, the guy Big Sam didn’t need at Goodison Park? Well, he’s only gone and scored a huge goal for RBL, becoming the first English player to score in the Bundesliga in over a decade.

 

Elsewhere
Koln 2-3 Borussia Dortmund — Batshuayi bags brace
Freiburg 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen
Hertha Berlin 1-1 Hoffenheim
Wolfsburg 1-1 Stuttgart
Werder Bremen 2-1 Schalke
¬†— Johannsson leads comeback
Augsburg vs. Eintracht Frankfurt — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Hamburger SV vs. Hannover 96 — Noon ET Sunday

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 21 17 2 2 51 16 35 9-1-0 8-1-2 53
 Bayer Leverkusen 21 9 8 4 41 27 14 5-4-1 4-4-3 35
 RB Leipzig 21 10 5 6 33 29 4 6-3-1 4-2-5 35
 Borussia Dortmund 21 9 7 5 45 29 16 4-3-3 5-4-2 34
 FC Schalke 04 21 9 7 5 33 27 6 5-4-2 4-3-3 34
 Eintracht Frankfurt 20 9 6 5 26 20 6 3-3-4 6-3-1 33
 Mönchengladbach 21 9 4 8 30 33 -3 6-2-3 3-2-5 31
 FC Augsburg 20 7 7 6 29 26 3 4-4-2 3-3-4 28
 1899 Hoffenheim 21 7 7 7 32 33 -1 5-3-2 2-4-5 28
 Hertha BSC Berlin 21 6 9 6 28 28 0 4-4-3 2-5-3 27
 Hannover 96 20 7 6 7 28 30 -2 5-3-2 2-3-5 27
 SC Freiburg 21 5 10 6 22 35 -13 4-6-1 1-4-5 25
 VfL Wolfsburg 21 4 12 5 24 25 -1 2-7-2 2-5-3 24
 VfB Stuttgart 21 6 3 12 17 27 -10 6-1-3 0-2-9 21
 Werder Bremen 21 4 8 9 18 26 -8 2-4-4 2-4-5 20
 FSV Mainz 05 21 5 5 11 24 37 -13 5-1-5 0-4-6 20
 Hamburger SV 20 4 4 12 16 29 -13 3-2-5 1-2-7 16
 1. FC Köln 21 3 4 14 17 37 -20 2-2-7 1-2-7 13

Everton sign Ademola Lookman for $12.3 million

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Everton has made its first move of the January transfer window with the Toffees signing Ademola Lookman for $12.3 million.

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Lookman, 19, has signed a four-and-a-half year deal at Everton after joining from English third-tier outfit Charlton Athletic. The England U-20 international has shone since making his debut for the Addicks midway through last season in England’s second-tier and the pacey forward was coveted by many Premier League teams,

Speaking in his press conference before the FA Cup third round match against Leicester City this weekend.

“Ademola is a good young, talented player,” Koeman said. “He’s a young player who can reach a high level if he continues to develop.¬†He is a player for the future and he needs time to adapt. It’s a good signing and we expect a lot from him.”

Lookman revealed the chance to work with Koeman, a manager who has given young players a chance to shine throughout his managerial career, was a big reason he chose to switch to Goodison Park.

‚ÄúIt feels great to be an Everton player.¬†As soon as I heard about Everton‚Äôs interest I knew this would be the right place for me,” Lookman said. “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.”

The English winger has scored 12 goals in 49 appearances for Charlton in all competitions and with speedy winger Yannick Bolasie out injured, Koeman could throw Lookman in sooner rather than later.

Both Ben Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin started for Everton on Jan. 2 against Southampton, while Mason Holgate is also in and around Everton’s first team as plenty of teenage talent is getting a chance at Goodison.

Koeman loves speedy wingers (he signed Bolasie at Everton and Sadio Mane at Southampton) and Lookman will likely settle in very well to his style of play.

This is also the work of new Director of Football Steve Walsh as he moved from Leicester to Everton in the summer and he may have already unearthed another gem. Remember, Walsh plucked the likes of N'Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez from relative obscurity in his role as head of recruitment and helped build Leicester into the PL champions.