Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Everton’s young attacker Ademola Lookman, according to reports. The Daily Mirror suggested this week (transfer live blog, 05/06/18, 13:16) that the talented forward is being tracked by both Spurs and Southampton.
His future at Everton is in serious doubt. Despite impressing fans since his January 2017 move from Charlton Athletic it has not been easy for him at Goodison Park. Signed for a fee in the region of £11 million he pushed through a loan spell at RB Leipzig in January this year after failing to receive regular first-team football at the club.
It turned out to be a brilliant move for the player, who bagged five goals and four assists in 11 games for the German side, leading some to call for his inclusion in England’s World Cup squad.
Tottenham would definitely find a place for him in their squad and have wanted him in the past. The man who wanted him then wants him again this summer. But, on this occasion, he is, in fact, Tottenham’s main rival.
In 2016 Tottenham’s then head of recruitment Paul Mitchell was trying to bring the youngster to Spurs. Now, two years later, he is trying to sign him permanently for RB Leipzig.
Mitchell is now in a similar role to the one had at Spurs with the Bundesliga club and securing a permanent transfer for the 20-year-old is a priority.
Of course, Mitchell’s departure from Tottenham was not smooth. As reported by the Guardian the recruitment chief had reportedly fallen out with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy. Tottenham were not pleased when he decided to resign and held him to a lengthy notice period at White Hart Lane.
He finally did move on and now it appears he will be a major rival in the hunt for Lookman this summer.
Both he and Levy would undoubtedly enjoy it if they can get one over on the other this summer. It could be that Lookman and Everton might be the battleground.