RB Leipzig of Germany have expressed their readiness to retain Nigerian-born winger, Ademola Lookman on a permanent transfer from Everton of England and are set to open formal discussions on the matter this week.
This follows a stunning run by Lookman on loan at Leipzig last season, in which he scored five goals in only seven starts, but Everton are stalling on a deal that would see the 10m pounds rated youngster leave Goodison Park on a permanent switch this summer.
Though variously rated an exciting forward, Lookman, 20, is not among players Everton have on their main list, but they still not want to offload this summer.
While the Toffees are reluctant to let him go, Lookman is also on the radar of Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton, but the lad is keen on a fresh start after struggling for regular football during his time at Goodison Park.
Leipzig are keen to sign Lookman permanently after he impressed during his loan spell with the German Bundesliga side in the second half of last season to help them reach the Europa League.
Consequently, The Toffees’ chiefs are due to sit down with the in-demand youngster and outline their plans for him under their new boss, Marco Silva, but Leipzig insist on terms of a permanent transfer.
Leipzig’s sporting director, Ralf Ragnick said: “If it were only up to us, then I would already know the answer.
“But it’s not only up to us – there’s no option in his contract. We’ll have to see what happens in the summer, and it also depends on what happens at Everton.”