England-born Nigerian forward, Ademola Lookman joins EVerton on a 4 and a half year deal from League one club Charlton.

The 19-year-old forward who scored five goals for Charlton in the English Championship before being relegated, forced his way into the team’s first 11 mid way into the season.

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The former Charlton Athletic wonderkid of Nigerian descent was named the EFL Championship Apprentice of the Year, getting linked with top Premier league clubs including Arsenal and Southampton.

Lookman 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.

Happy to welcome his latest recruit to Goodison Park, manager Ronald Koeman said: “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.”

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