RB Leipzig Still Interested In Ademola Lookman
RB Leipzig is continuing their pursuit of young Everton forward Ademola Lookman.
The 20-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at the Bundesliga club and they are keen to take him back on a permanent deal.
Everton has reportedly turned down a £12m bid, but Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick, who on Monday was also appointed first-team manager, has no intention of giving up.
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“Bringing in three more players would be realistic,” Rangnick told a press conference. “We’re still in talks over Ademola Lookman – we want him back and he wants to come.”
Having initially been against sending Lookman out on loan last January, Everton’s then-manager Sam Allardyce changed his mind, favouring a short-term deal with a Championship club.
But Lookman joined Leipzig until the end of the season, with Allardyce saying it was “one of the most unusual situations I’ve been in”.
He added: “His stubbornness meant he got his own way. I hope he proves us all wrong.”
Lookman went on to make seven league starts, three more than he has managed at Everton since making a £11m move from Charlton in January 2017.
He became the latest young Englishman to continue his development in Germany, with Ryan Kent and Reece Oxford having loan spells last season while Jadon Sancho made a permanent move from Manchester City to Borussia Dortmund.
Leipzig announced in June that Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann had agreed to take charge after the 2018-19 season.