Everton join a host of Premier League clubs chasing Charlton striker

Oli Fisher

Everton have joined a number of Premier League clubs interested in signing highly-rated Charlton Athletic youngster Ademola Lookman.

The 19-year-old scored twice during Saturday’s 3-1 win over Scunthorpe United and has caught the eye of their director of Football, Steve Walsh.

Walsh, who was the head of recruitment at Leicester City last season, moved to Goodison Park in summer and has had Lookman on his radar for a number of seasons now.

However, The Toffees are not the only Premier League side who are keeping tabs on the London born winger. Crystal Palace were poised to sign Lookman on deadline day during summer, but manager Alan Pardew was reluctant to pay the £10million asking price.

It is also reported that representatives from Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal attended the FA Cup win at The Valley at the weekend. Despite Charlton doing their best efforts to keep the England U20 international, it is likely a few offers may come their way when the transfer window re-opens in January.

The striker, who can also be used as a winger, joined Charlton’s youth system from Waterloo FC in 2014 and his performances have attracted major interest. Lookman, who scored five times in 17 appearances for the Addicks last season, has already notched five goals this campaign.

Lookman was also part of the travelling squad who competed at the U19 European Championships in Germany last summer featuring in two of England’s group matches, as well as the semi-final defeat to Italy.