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Everton Linked With £10m-Rated England Under-20 Winger

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13: Ademola Lookman of Charlton Athletic contests the ball with Sam Hoskins of Northampton Town during the Sky Bet League One match between Charlton Athletic and Northampton Town at The Valley on August 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

With the January transfer window just days away, Everton have been linked with a move for exciting midfielder Ademola Lookman.

The Merseysiders will hope to tempt Lookman away from Charlton Athletic, where he is beginning to make a name for himself.

The Guardian has reported that the Toffees are in the hunt for the highly rated winger.

The 19-year-old is one of the football league’s brightest prospects and has started the season strongly despite Charlton sitting in twelfth place in League 1.

BOLTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 19:  Mark Davies of Bolton Wanderers battles with Ademola Lookman of Charlton Athletic during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Charlton Athletic at Reebok Stadium on April 19, 2016 in Bolton, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

The teenager has played over forty league games since making his debut in November 2015, managing ten goals in this time and has gathered admirers from the Premier League, with Crystal Palace also said to be interested in his signature. Palace could see the pacy attacker as a replacement for Yannick Bolasie, but Everton seem to be the frontrunners at the moment.

A quick and powerful winger, Lookman’s pace and skill is similar to that of Southampton’s Nathan Redmond. He not only has tremendous finishing ability but also a talent for providing chances for his strikers.

Although employed primarily on the wing, Lookman has played as a centre forward under Karl Robinson.

Capped at under-19 and under-20 level for England, the Wandsworth-born player was the 2016 winner of the Championship Apprentice of the Year award. This award was previously won by Conor Wickham and Chris Gunter amongst others.

With Everton linked with Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin in recent days, Lookman would possible be viewed as a lower key signing by the Toffees. However, if his reputation is anything to go by Everton could be looking at a solid long-term investment that could provide competition for the wide berths.

With players like Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and John Stones examples of players who have enjoyed success since moving to the top flight from the lower leagues, Lookman too could thrive if given the opportunity at Goodison Park.

Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena

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Nick is a soccer, GAA and rugby fanatic who has a worrying obsession with the Irish football team. His articles focus on Irish football and he also writes some light-hearted pieces, particularly quirky starting XIs.