Everton target Ademola Lookman keen to follow in Dele Alli's footsteps by returning to Charlton Athletic on loan

Johann Gudmundsson (C) celebrates with Morgan Fox (L) and Ademola Lookman after scoring the first goal for Charlton Athletic

The Charlton Athletic winger is set to join Everton in January but hopes to follow in the footsteps of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli by returning to his current club on loan.

Ademola Lookman favours a return to Charlton Athletic on loan if he is sold to Everton next month, reports the Sun.

Everton are said to be closing in on a January deal for Lookman - worth £11 million plus add-ons.

However, the Addicks' teenager, who has played fewer than 50 career matches, admits he is not yet ready for the rigours of top flight football.

"I am still learning and I still need to play and score goals. Maybe when the time is right I will do what needs to be done and play in the Premier League one day," Lookman told the Sun's Goals pullout on Monday.

Ademola Lookman of Charlton Athletic (L) and Paul Gallagher of Preston North End in action

Charlton recently hired Karl Robinson as manager and, given the Liverpudlian's track record of player development, it is perhaps little surprise that Lookman is happy to remain in south-east London for the time being.

Tottenham Hotspur and England midfielder Dele Alli is the most notable of Robinson's proteges, followed by Everton's own Brendan Galloway.

Alli found himself in a similar situation to Lookman two years ago, when Spurs agreed a deal to sign him January before loaning him back to MK Dons until the summer.

Dele Alli celebrates scoring the first goal for MK Dons

And Robinson took Lookman to watch the 20-year-old in action against CSKA Moscow earlier this month.

"Going to Wembley was basically a field trip to help me see what that level is like," added the 19-year-old.

"It was an extra thing that you really wouldn't expect most managers to do."

Can Lookman replicate Alli's success if he moves to Goodison Park?

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