Fulham will have to pay £15m to turn Ademola Lookman’s loan spell from Red Bull Leipzig into a permanent deal, according to a report in the Sun.
The nippy winger has starred in his loan spell at Craven Cottage and Fulham boss Scott Parker hinted last week that he would be looking to conclude a deal to bring him back to London permanently. The ex-Everton winger has shrugged off the disappointment of a pitiful Paneka penalty that cost Fulham a point at West Ham earlier in the season to become one of the first names on Parker’s teamsheet in a reshaped Whites line-up.
Lookman opened his Fulham account with a stunning individual goal at Sheffield United and grabbed the crucial opening goal in the Whites’ surprise away win at high-flying Leicester City. The 23 year-old has also added three assists and his form has meant that Leipzig will look to claw back as much of the £16m they paid Everton for his services in July 2019 following a successful loan spell in Germany.
Ademola Lookman has joined Fulham on a season-long loan from Red Bull Leipzig, the club have confirmed this afternoon.
Lookman, who came through the Charlton academy, has struggled to replicate the successes of his initial loan spell in Germany and made just thirteen appearances for Leipzig last season. He was left out of Leipzig’s squad for their draw with Bayer Leverkusen at the weekend as discussions continued about a return to London.
The 22 year-old, who spent three seasons at Goodison Park before moving to Germany, told Fulham’s official website at his delight upon finalising the deal:
I’m glad to have it over the line and done now. I’m glad I can be here to help the team. After the conversations I had with Scott Parker, I got a great feeling, that’s the working relationship I want to have. He’s young and hungry and I’m young and hungry as well so it’s a good match.
German tabloid Bild reports that the newly-promoted Premier League side have agreed to pay RB Leipzig around £1.83m to loan the former England under-21 international for the remainder of this campaign. Leipzig’s initial stance that they were only willing to sell the ex-Everton winger appears to have softened after the player indicated that he would like to move on having struggled to replicate his early success in Germany.
Lookman, who was born in Wandsworth and came through the Charlton academy, made just thirteen appearances for Leipzig last season – a stark contrast to his five goals in eleven appearances that convinced the German outfit to pay £16.5m for services. The 22 year-old, who Everton signed for £7.5m from the Addicks in 2017, scored four goals in 48 appearances for the Toffees and is reportedly eager to grasp another opportunity to prove himself in the English top flight.
Fulham are close to completing a loan deal for the Red Bull Leipzig winger Ademola Lookman, according to a report from the Daily Mail this evening.
The former England under-21 international is keen on a return to England having struggled since leaving Everton in a £16.5million move to Germany last July. The Wandsworth-born winger made just thirteen appearances last season, failing to recapture the form that had convinced Leipzig to turn his previous loan into a permanent deal, when he scored five times in eleven appearances.
The former Charlton academy graduate is now in discussions with Fulham about a potential loan move, according to the Mail. Lookman made his Charlton debut as an eighteen year-old and made an immediate impact for the Addicks, scoring five goals in 24 appearances in his first season in senior football and being voted the Championship’s apprenticeship of the year. He followed that up with seven goals in 25 appearances, which was enough for Everton to take him to Goodison Park in January 2017 for a fee rumoured to be in the region of £7.5m.
Lookman made a positive impression early on at Everton and scored four goals in 48 appearances for the Toffees but fell down the pecking order as new signings arrived. The 22 year-old is most at home on the left wing, but can also operate on the opposite flank or as a second striker. He has won eleven caps for England at under-21 level, scoring a single goal, and was part of the England under-20 side that won the World Cup in 2017 alongside Fulham’s Josh Onomah.
Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon is attracting interest from surprise German title challengers Red Bull Leipzig.
Leipzig are level on points with Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga after 15 matches and are scouring Europe for the best young talent. That includes Sessegnon, a 16-year-old defender who has already made 10 matches for Fulham.
His goal in the 2-2 draw against Cardiff on August 20 made him the youngest player to score in a Championship fixture.
The Premier League’s elite have long been aware of Sessegnon’s potential, with Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham all making enquiries last summer. The Evening Standard suggests that Leipzig’s scouts have watched Sessegnon this season and are considering a bid.
Though Fulham are unlikely to entertain offers in January, Leipzig have already demonstrated they are prepared to pay well for British talent.
Last summer, Leipzig paid around £13m for winger Oliver Burke, 19, from Nottingham Forest. Their sporting director is Ralf Rangnick, who has admirers within the FA and was a contender to succeed Roy Hodgson as England manager, before Sam Allardyce and then Gareth Southgate were appointed.
It is unlikely Sessegnon will leave this winter but if he continues to improve, Fulham may struggle to keep him next summer if they fail to win promotion.