Lookman seals big-money exit as Everton use funds to prep Zaha bid

Date published: Thursday 25th July 2019 10:30

Everton have sold Ademola Lookman to RB Leipzig – and reportedly plan to use the cash from his sale to launch an official bid for Wilfried Zaha.

Lookman spent the second half of the 2017/18 campaign on loan at the Bundesliga club but returned to Goodison Park last season.

However the 21-year-old is no longer part of boss Marco Silva’s plans and the deal reportedly worth in the region of £22.5million has been agreed.

Lookman was considered one of the game’s best young prospects when he moved to Everton from Charlton in an £11million deal in 2017.

However Lookman’s opportunities were limited under Sam Allardyce and he made the loan move to Leipzig, for whom he scored on his debut against Borussia Monchengladbach.

Lookman had been keen to turn the move into a permanent arrangement, with Everton agreeing to the move having initially been reluctant to part with the player.

The money looks unlikely to burn a hole in Everton’s pockets for long, however, with reports on Thursday claiming the Toffees have launched a £55m bid for Arsenal target Zaha.

The Gunners have had three bids for Zaha rejected by Palace; the latest of which was a £55m approach – £10m of which was to be made up of bonuses – plus the chance to sign Reiss Nelson on a season’s loan.

According to Thursday’s papers, Everton plan to offer the Eagles a straight £55m for Zaha in a bid to bring the talented winger to Goodison Park.

But with Palace reportedly valuing Zaha at nearer the £80m mark, it is likely Everton’s bid to sign the player will also fall short.

 

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