Everton sign 19-year-old Ademola Lookman from Charlton Athletic
Winger joins Toffees on a four-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee
Ademola Lookman has joined Everton from League One side Charlton. Photograph: Tony McArdle/Getty
Everton have announced the signing of winger Ademola Lookman from Charlton on a four-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
The 19-year-old, an England Under-20 international, made his debut for the Addicks in November 2015 and scored five goals in the Championship before the club were relegated to League One.
Lookman has scored seven times for the Londoners this term and is relishing a “dream move” to Goodison Park.
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 (Ronald Koeman).
“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.”
Boss Koeman added: “Ademola is a big talent and, at 19 years old, he has a big future in the game. I’m really happy that we’ve been able to bring him here to the club.
“This is part of the vision we have for the club and it’s important to give to young players the opportunity so that the team continues to evolve and improve.
“We believe in the player and in the development of the player which, of course, will take time but he will have a big part to play in the future of the club.”