Highly-rated teenager Ademola Lookman achieved his ‘dream move’ on Thursday signing for Premier League Everton from third tier Charlton Athletic for a fee reported to be £11 million.
The 19-year-old forward — who broke into the Charlton first team midway through last season scoring five goals when they were in the Championship before being relegated — signed a four-and-a-half year contract.
The England Under-20 international, who has scored seven times for League One Charlton this season, said one of the main reasons for signing for Everton was their Dutch manager Ronald Koeman.
“As soon as I heard about Everton’s 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.
“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,” added Lookman, who prefers to be known as ‘Mola’.