Everton have completed the £11m signing of Charlton Athletic’s teenage forward Ademola Lookman. The 19-year-old joins on a four-and-a-half-year deal until June 2021. The England Under-20 international, who has scored seven goals in 25 games this season, becomes the most expensive signing from League One. Lookman said: “It feels great to be an Everton player. As soon as I heard about Everton’s interest I knew this would be the right place for me.” Charlton had hoped Everton would loan Lookman back to them for the rest of the season but he is seen as someone who could quickly play a part at Goodison Park under manager Ronald Koeman. “Everton has a big history and I was also attracted by the manager,” Lookman added. “When you look at what he did at Southampton, and what he does with young players in terms of developing them, that was a big attraction. “It was great playing in the Championship last season and for the last six months in League One but I feel like I’m ready to make the step up to the Premier League.” Koeman said: “Ademola is a big talent and, at 19 years old, he has a big future in the game. I’m really happy that we’ve been able to bring him here to the club.” Lookman is of Nigerian parentage.
Leicester City have signed defensive midfielder Wilfred Ndidi for a reported £15m from Belgian side Genk. The 20-year-old Nigeria international completed his move on Thursday after a work permit was approved, signing a five-and-a-half-year deal. Ndidi has already trained with the squad and could make his debut in Saturday’s FA Cup third-round tie at Everton. “He’s an impressive player with a big future,” said manager Claudio Ranieri. “I feel I can learn a lot here,” Ndidi told the club’s TV channel. “I try to win the balls for the team – that is one of my main attributes. I have to achieve a lot here.” Ndidi helped Genk finish top of their Europa League group to secure their place in the knockout stages of this season’s competition.
Leicester forward Riyad Mahrez has won the Confederation of African Football’s player of the year award. The 25-year-old Algerian, who inspired Leicester to the Premier League title, is already the PFA Player of the Year and BBC African Footballer of the Year. Borussia Dortmund’s Gabonese forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was second and Senegal and Liverpool striker Sadio Mane came third. Arsenal and Nigeria forward Alex Iwobi won the young player award. Countryman and Manchester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho was in contention for the honour.