A number of Premier League rivals are looking to muscle in on Fulham’s Ademola Lookman deal, with BILD reporting that RB Leipzig want £15 million at least for the in-form winger.
When Lookman joined the Cottagers on loan last summer, the hope was that a former Everton starlet would kick-start his stuttering career under Scott Parker.
Leipzig, meanwhile, were desperate to see the England U21 international rediscover the form that earned him a big-money move to Germany in the first place, ensuring that the Bundesliga giants could rake in a substantial fee for a player no longer part of Julian Nagelsmann’s plans.
Flash forward six months or so and it is fair to say this is a deal which has worked out quite well for every party.
With four goals and three assists to is name, Lookman represents Fulham’s best hope of avoiding an immediate return to the Championship.
This skilful street footballer has been a big hit in West London – an infamous Panenka penalty aside – with his speed, swagger and eye for the spectacular ensuring that relegation-threatened Fulham have a player capable of producing something out of nothing in their ranks.
Even if Parker’s rejuvenated side do succumb to the drop, Leipzig won’t struggle to find another club willing to take Lookman off their hands.
BILD claims that plenty of Premier League clubs have taken an interest in the £15 million-rated wide man.
Could one of those be Crystal Palace? The Eagles are certainly scouring the market for talented, technically-gifted youngsters like Lookman, Ebere Eze and Nathan Ferguson as they look to revamp an ageing squad.
“(Lookman) has been in exceptional form and has really been Fulham’s most dangerous player in several games recently when they’ve been doing so well,” Palace boss Roy Hodgson recently told London News Online.
With just 29 goals in 27 league games, and with Andros Townsend set to depart in July, it would be no surprise if Palace were at the front of the queue for Lookman’s signature.