Ronald Koeman does not accept the second option, the transfer options in the January window as Everton look to continue the firm of Ademola Lookman, with a bid of Morgan Schneiderlin.
Everton made their first signing of the winter window on Thursday, when the 19-year-old, arrived from Charlton Athletic for an initial £7.5 m fee, potentially rising to € 11m. While the u-20 forward has been signed for his potential, Koeman has clear goals in mind to strengthen the first team, with Schneiderlin identified as a priority for the center of the field. There remains interest in the midfielder of Manchester United club-mate Memphis Depay.
Southampton captain José Fonte presents the application of transfer of
U.s. rejected Everton’s opening offer of £19 million for Schneiderlin, but the negotiations will continue, with Koeman insisting he is not interested in backup options. “We know what we want,” the Everton manager said. “We know that the players that we want, and it is up to the plate to make the deal and then, OK, if we don’t get the positive call of the board of directors, then, I am focused on my job, which is to prepare the team for the next match. Let’s see if we get to the players, because that is really important for the team. If not we don’t sign other players, because that is not what I want.”
Lookman has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract and although the 19-year-old is not in Koeman’s first team plans, he will be able to press their claims for training with the senior squad.
Koeman said: “He is a good young and talented player. We don’t have that player of his age in our academy and he is someone who can reach a high level if it is well developed and improving. He is a player for the future, but he is involved in training with the first team and we’re going to see how long it takes to have a chance. It is a good signing. We need that type of player and we expect much of the child.
“He played at Charlton and is a different level to the Premier League. He needs time to adapt to the way they train and play. We will always choose the best 11 and seven on the bench to win a game. It is never about the age. If you are 15 years old or 34 is the competition. We hope to bring out a little more. Could be, could be two: I don’t know. I am focused on Saturday’s game. We have other people working to bring in good players, because the club wants to improve.”
Koeman confirmed that striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin would be out for eight weeks with an ankle injury sustained on his debut against Southampton on Monday. The 19-year-old limped off after 12 minutes.