Ademola Lookman has completed a permanent move to Bundesliga side RB Leipzig from Everton for an undisclosed fee.
The 21-year-old winger impressed during a loan spell with Leipzig during the second half of the 2017-18 season, but has flattered to deceive on his rare appearances for The Blues as he failed to hold down a regular first-team place on his return to Goodison Park last season.
Sky Sports News understand that the fee for Lookman's transfer could eventually rise to £22.5m, with Everton receiving an initial £16m.
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1 Posted 25/07/2019 at 09:27:42
2 Posted 25/07/2019 at 09:50:17
16m up front minus Charlton's cut is way undervalue.
3 Posted 25/07/2019 at 09:52:03
4 Posted 25/07/2019 at 09:52:55
5 Posted 25/07/2019 at 09:53:47
move on, spend the cash on someone who will actually contribute.
6 Posted 25/07/2019 at 09:53:57
7 Posted 25/07/2019 at 09:58:21
8 Posted 25/07/2019 at 09:59:53
It is no good for anyone having him bench warming for another season, so tough decisions have to be made. It will be interesting to see how he gets on and I wish him good luck.
9 Posted 25/07/2019 at 10:14:09
10 Posted 25/07/2019 at 10:14:37
Despite what many think, I believe that this has worked out fairly well for the Club, whatever went on behind the scenes, it was obvious the lad didn't really want to be a part of it.
For all those that say he wasn't given enough game time, that is possibly true, but then again there may have been a reason for that. Personally, I was hoping that he would do well for us... but, in all honesty, in the chances he was given, those expectations were not complemented with any further signs that all would come good.
I wish him all the best, and we have almost doubled our initial outlay, so fail to see how this could have worked out better.
11 Posted 25/07/2019 at 10:15:22
I wish the kid luck, but it was getting beyond a joke hearing about him all the time. We won't miss him.
12 Posted 25/07/2019 at 10:31:59
Good luck to him, I hope he eventually starts enjoying football and finds a decent career for himself, looks at the minute like too much a five-a-side player.
13 Posted 25/07/2019 at 10:34:05
14 Posted 25/07/2019 at 10:41:55
15 Posted 25/07/2019 at 10:52:12
At this moment, we are weaker as a team than at the end of last season. It's a pity because we were playing very well towards the end and things were looking up.
16 Posted 25/07/2019 at 10:54:38
17 Posted 25/07/2019 at 10:59:24
He's 100% a Brands/SIlva type player so in training he must have been sulking/half arsing the place out if he's gone. Such a strange state of affairs.
18 Posted 25/07/2019 at 11:01:11
19 Posted 25/07/2019 at 11:11:41
I do not understand, So much for the "future" of the club. If Gaye follows unless there is some very good business done before end of window, We will once again be missing a great opportunity to break the Top 6 by selling our best players and replacing them with cast offs,hasbeens or not replacing them at all
Is Mosh the Kenwright of Billionaires I am starting to wonder ??
20 Posted 25/07/2019 at 11:16:13
21 Posted 25/07/2019 at 11:33:25
We made a decent profit on him, even after Charlton;s cut given we paid £7m. It's £16m that can be reinvested elsewhere.
22 Posted 25/07/2019 at 11:49:03
(Rooney arguably, but issue there wasn't that we underestimated his potential).
24 Posted 25/07/2019 at 12:20:40
25 Posted 25/07/2019 at 12:48:23
As Jer says, makes no sense commercially or in football terms.
26 Posted 25/07/2019 at 12:56:03
Got cash in hand. Doubled our money on him. Puts an end to speculative, plantiff posts believing he was going to become a player. He may well blossom, but it increasingly never looked likely that he would do so at Everton.
I'm not hopeful, given the long inflated contracts some are on, but it would be really cleansing for the club if the likes of Besic, Sandro, Bolasie, Mirallas and (with apologies to the Ring brothers) McCarthy could also be permanently shipped out in this window to save TW from posters trying to convince themselves and others they could still play a part at Everton going forward.
27 Posted 25/07/2019 at 13:02:02
He seemed disinterested most of the time and didn't want to fight his way into the team. Can walk into Leipzig's lineup and he probably saw what Sancho is doing at Dortmund and thinks he's can replicate it. Let's see.
Good natural ability but glad we're moving him on to be honest!
28 Posted 25/07/2019 at 13:10:20
29 Posted 25/07/2019 at 13:31:25
Move on and get better players into the core 15. Potential is great, but being mid table is taking us no where.
30 Posted 25/07/2019 at 13:39:44
31 Posted 25/07/2019 at 14:04:36
Surely there is enough ability there to interest the likes of Sheffield Utd or a Championship side?
It will be interesting to see how he behaves once his German honeymoon is over.
32 Posted 25/07/2019 at 14:10:45
Lookman, Vlasic, Antonee Robinson and Galloway all moved out during a period where the club were looking to lower the average age of the team !!
Holgate and Onykuru also linked with permanent moves away, a little worrying, but let's see what Brands and Silva do in the next few weeks as it will be crucial to the long term effect on the squad.
33 Posted 25/07/2019 at 14:23:27
34 Posted 25/07/2019 at 14:26:01
It is very obvious Lookman is not yet a game changing player at the top level. He may develop into such a player but managers in the Premier League cannot afford to wait for players to deliver on their long term potential if their team is failing to win matches in the short term. Much better to take the profit from an early sale and reinvest in players better suited to the team's style and character. We must hope Brands uses the money wisely.
35 Posted 25/07/2019 at 14:33:29
36 Posted 25/07/2019 at 14:47:16
37 Posted 25/07/2019 at 14:52:08
38 Posted 25/07/2019 at 14:52:28
Hopefully this money will be put towards a striker. I see its being reported Holgate could leave if its a permanent transfer and the fees acceptable, with WBA hovering. Looks like we are scraping around for money to get a striker.
On another tack - When Maguire moves to Man U, I just hope we are not in for Jones or Rojos to replace Zouma. Would rather we kept Holgate and get another loan in. Its about time Mina started doing the business on the pitch.
39 Posted 25/07/2019 at 15:06:21
What has big nev said? He's always good for quotes.
40 Posted 25/07/2019 at 15:38:12
41 Posted 25/07/2019 at 15:48:45
42 Posted 25/07/2019 at 15:57:13
Heart not in it.
Reputation in the footballing community.
Didn't fight hard enough for a spot.
It all just seems to have a hint of the truth in it for me.
Good luck to the kid. He's got talent, he just needs to be in the right environment for him. And that isn't under Silva or at Everton.
43 Posted 25/07/2019 at 16:00:55
If we can bring in a striker, I think this window will be a darned good one.
Marcel knows what he's doing. I can't remember ever having the confidence I have in him with any other top level Everton brass.
Sans Roberto whom I loved. But that's in the rear view mirror and didn't last forever. I get the feeling that Marcel won't lose my confidence until he leaves or retires.
44 Posted 25/07/2019 at 16:13:38
Nev, in commenting on the report "Lookman signs for Liepzig" simply put "Good."
He commented on another one and said something about "potential has to be realized."
45 Posted 25/07/2019 at 16:30:15
"Slightly worried that we still have Sandro, Bolasie and Mirallas on the books and this guy is gone."
You can only sell if there is a buyer. It is common knowledge on TW the length and salaries of the players you name (and others!) who Everton are evidently trying to shift on. If us commoners know, so will the wider football community.
A potential buyer will also know Everton are desperate to sell, thus strengthening their bargaining position whilst weakening ours.
In an ideal world, the players you named would have gone first and then we could have started offloading other 'assets' such as fringe squad players or younger academy players who won't make it.
The world, the football transfer market of supply and demand, simply doesn't work like that. You sell who you can when you can.
Sadly, I fully expect that once again we will be unable to permanently offload the players we need to, as was the case last summer, and the best we can hope for is further loan deals for some of them.
The situation is not of Brands and Silva's making, so they are innocents in this.
46 Posted 25/07/2019 at 16:35:06
Time to let it go, I think.
47 Posted 25/07/2019 at 16:41:35
I agree about the arranged marriage and to your point, Lookman was interviewed a few days prior to THAT game against Man City. He already was talking in terms of his post-Everton career.
“Of course, I want to play at the highest level â€“ whether it be in England or Spain, I want to be at the top. You have teams like Barcelona and Real Madrid. As a kid, I dreamed of playing for one of those teams and I suppose Manchester United.â€
48 Posted 25/07/2019 at 16:51:23
Watching Wigan's new LB playing so well against us last night brought out a few more F-bombs.
49 Posted 25/07/2019 at 17:00:40
As for Lookman I've never seen him look so happy at Everton as he did in his Leipzig unveiling. He may prove to have talent but it is difficult or impossible to get the best out of players who are desperate to move.
50 Posted 25/07/2019 at 17:04:36
51 Posted 25/07/2019 at 17:06:10
52 Posted 25/07/2019 at 17:11:04
I really wish they had stayed and players such as Walcott were moved on, but market forces and all, and hopefully Brands has identified someone who will thrive with us. Kean, and an other.
53 Posted 25/07/2019 at 17:21:27
Agree with your comments on trying to sell certain players and other clubs are aware of the situation, and potential buyers realize that Everton want to sell, so are in the best position In negotiations.
My thoughts are Everton are reluctant to loose money from what they paid for these players you mentioned and are trying to recuperate as much as they can of their outlay and not taking into account what the players present value is.
54 Posted 25/07/2019 at 17:44:30
We got our money back and a little bit more for a player who hasn't really done anything, so no complaints. He's probably a RS in disguise, so stuff him:)
55 Posted 25/07/2019 at 18:21:59
He's the type of exciting attacking talent that would flourish at Spurs, Liverpool, Man Utd, Wolves etc.
Man City get 㾻M for a player who has never played and can't get a work permit from a newly promoted side and we get an extra million for a young English talent who, instead of fetching a premium, has been flogged overseas.
I think Moshiri must have really put the pressure on that results are needed this season and the future is being sold off cheaply.
Dream on... we could entice Zaha, never going to happen. It's the type of nonsense real football fans can't make up.
56 Posted 25/07/2019 at 18:27:15
Bit of a contradiction there mate. If he'd have done well enough, he'd still be here.
57 Posted 25/07/2019 at 18:41:54
I hear you. Broke my heart. But in an honest moment I don't think it will affect Everton much in the end, and we are NOT objective in the least when it comes to having a US player come through Everton. We both desperately want them to succeed.
It was probably a great move for our National side. Antonee will develop playing more, and hence contribute when the time comes.
The real villain in my mind is Craig Berhalter, playing Antonee out of position in this new "system" that seemingly can only defeat small island nations. Antonee looked average to poor in the games prior to the Gold Cup, and I wonder if that was the straw that broke the camel's back? And freaking Berhalter leaving him off the team just shows to me he's an idiot, never mind Josh Sargeant (whom I absolutely love).
Anywho this intersection of Everton and the USMNT is probably best left separate for me!
58 Posted 25/07/2019 at 19:39:29
59 Posted 25/07/2019 at 19:42:13
He's a 21 year old International, and Wigan have had us off a few times, so should have had the decency to pay a decent amount say £10M, and I don't think they could complain at that. Instead they are clicking their heels all the way to the bank.
60 Posted 25/07/2019 at 19:53:10
61 Posted 25/07/2019 at 21:29:07
No sour grapes from me I just don't think he had the mental strength to do the business at the standard required at EFC and the EPL.
Ironically there's players on the books who aren't worth a carrot and that's the predicament EFC faces, it would seem at least the next two years or so, until contracts expire.
Good luck Mola, and hopefully we will be getting some top quality players in who will fit EFC.
62 Posted 25/07/2019 at 21:50:16
"I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my team mates at Everton Football Club for all the love and unwavering support you've shown me over the past two and a half years. I've made some great friends at Everton who have made my experience at the club truly an unforgettable one. Whilst I'm excited to move forward with the new opportunities ahead of me, I'm going to miss my team mates and everyone associated with the club. Last but not least I would like to thank the fans for their support during my time at Everton, I am truly honoured to have had the opportunity to play for you. All the best for the future, Love AL31 ðŸ™ #EFC"
63 Posted 25/07/2019 at 22:06:42
64 Posted 26/07/2019 at 06:37:24
Also, his first season was not bad, but admittedly it did go downhill after that!
65 Posted 25/07/2019 at 07:52:12
66 Posted 26/07/2019 at 09:26:02
On a completely different note, I'd love to see us buying Ryan Fraser. Looks like a good solid player who would fit in at Everton.
67 Posted 26/07/2019 at 11:21:43
68 Posted 26/07/2019 at 11:29:01
69 Posted 26/07/2019 at 11:31:43
70 Posted 26/07/2019 at 11:42:28
71 Posted 26/07/2019 at 17:30:45
72 Posted 26/07/2019 at 17:32:25
73 Posted 26/07/2019 at 17:33:14
A front three of Zaha, Richarlison, and Bernard would scare the life out of any opponent in the world.
Please God let this be true. The football would be scintillating!
74 Posted 26/07/2019 at 18:02:39
Sorry those new bifocals aren't working out for you.
75 Posted 26/07/2019 at 18:14:34
76 Posted 26/07/2019 at 21:06:15
77 Posted 26/07/2019 at 22:04:45
78 Posted 26/07/2019 at 23:45:10
Can't understand the criticism above, seems like the best way of handling young prospects to me - buy, try, loan, sell.
Whether Walcott or Schneiderlein goes or stays has no bearing on this transfer. I suspect no-one wants either which is why they are still here. See also Tosun, Besic, Mirallas, Bolasie...
79 Posted 27/07/2019 at 07:50:27
When you see the likes of Walcott, Schneiderlein, Tosun, Besic, Mirallas and Bolasie getting a start in front of the likes of Lookman, quite a few comments on here are satisfied with mid-table (if lucky), no silverware (haha) and watching overpriced prima donnas every game.
80 Posted 27/07/2019 at 17:48:27
When did bolasie, Mirallas and besic last get a start ahead of lookman?
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