Everton wide man Ademola Lookman hasn’t exactly flourished under the guidance of Toffees boss Sam Allardyce and now, there are some suggestions that the talented youngster may be open to the idea of a permanent move to Palace over the summer.
Still only 20, Wandsworth born Lookman spent four years on the books of Charlton Athletic before making the switch to Everton in January of 2017 in a deal worth an initial £7.5 million. At that point, the Merseyside club were being managed by Dutch legend Ronald Koeman, who convinced the winger that he would shine at Goodison but the former gaffer’s departure, coupled with Allardyce’s arrival, saw Ademola look for an escape route in the shape of RB Leipzig.
Initially, Allardyce had been keen for Lookman to remain in the UK whilst on loan and had arranged for him to join Derby County on a temporary basis but at the insistence of the player himself, a move to Germany was arranged, where he remains to this day. Clearly, life under the former England boss is simply unpalatable Ademola, setting tongues wagging about a potential move away this summer.
Whilst Arsenal are also believed to be making their presence felt alongside Palace, the south London native will know full well that he’s far more likely to get game time at Selhurst Park than Emirates and after being pursued by our coaching staff prior to his move to the North West, he can be sure that our interest is concrete.
Anyone who has watched Palace play over the last year or so will no doubt be aware of the reliance we place on the shoulders of academy graduate Wilfried Zaha. Whilst this story remains nothing more than speculation for the time being, you’d like to think that Lookman’s potential arrival in SE25 would offer us an alternative out ball when looking to attack, benefiting both the team and Zaha himself from week to week.
We’ll keep an eye on it.