Leipzig signal desire to keep Lookman

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Ademola Lookman has scored twice in seven appearances in the Bundesliga since joining Leipzig on loan in January

Red Bull Leipzig would be keen to sign Ademola Lookman on a permanent basis but their sporting director admits the decision would rest with Everton.

Lookman made a surprising loan move to the Bundesliga side on transfer deadline day in January after growing frustrated with his lack of first-team opportunities at Goodison Park following the arrival of Sam Allardyce.

The 20-year-old forward scored on his debut for Leipzig and struck his second goal in seven games this past weekend and it appears as though Ralf Rangnick has seen enough that he would like to retain the player if possible.

No clause regarding a permanent switch was inserted in the loan deal between the two clubs, however, meaning that the decision would be up to Everton and might rest on whether Sam Allardyce remains as Blues manager.

"If it were down to us, I'd already know the answer," Rangnick told kicker, “but it's not only down to us. We have no clause in the contract.

"I think that we can only answer the question once the season's finished. It also depends on what happens at Everton.

"Mola has shown that he is more than just a desperate last-minute signing.

"How he played during the second half at Bremen, I really liked that. And not only because he scored that goal."

Lookman was signed during Ronald Koeman's tenure as Everton boss and also scored on his debut for the Toffees in that memorable 4-0 drubbing of Manchester City.

He was a key member of England's World Cup-winning U20s side last summer but found it difficult holding down a first-team place at Goodison Park earlier this season as the team as a whole struggled for form.

Two goals in the Europa League dead rubber against Apollon Limassol in Nicosia and a sparkling cameo off the bench in the cup derby at Anfield weren't enough to convince Allardyce that he was more worthy of regular action than the older guard in the team and he took the chance to join Leipzig on loan instead.

Quotes sourced from kicker, via ESPN

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