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Ademola Lookman joins RB Leipzig on a permanent basis

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Lookman makes permanent switch to Germany

Ademola Lookman has joined RB Leipzig on a permanent basis for £22.5m, leaving Everton after just two years. The England U21 international has penned a five-year contract with the Bundesliga outfit.

Having spent the second part of the 2017-18 campaign on loan with Leipzig, the 21-year-old is no stranger to the German top-flight.

During his short spell at the Red Bull Arena, Lookman found the net five times in 11 appearances, clearly leaving his mark at the Bundesliga side.

Speaking on Leipzig's official website, Lookman said: “I am very happy to be back here and would like to continue where I left off in the second half of 2018 for RB Leipzig. 

“Of course, I am also looking forward to seeing my team-mates again and would like to help the team to continue to celebrate great successes.

“Finally I can play again in the Red Bull Arena in front of this great backdrop and the fans. And last but not least, I would like to thank God, the fans and RB Leipzig for making my move possible.”

Lookman became surplus to requirements in Merseyside after the arrival of Richarlison from Watford last summer.

The exciting young wide man was limited to just 21 appearances for Everton last season, 18 of which came from the substitutes bench.

Theo Walcott and Brazilian international Bernard were also placed above the former Charlton winger in the pecking order at Goodison Park last season, making a move away from the Toffees a necessity for the benefit of his career.

RB Leipzig's sporting director, Markus Krosche, said of Lookman's arrival: “We are very pleased as we have worked hard to get Ademola Lookman. 

“It was a long process altogether, mainly because we would have liked to have him come last summer. But we have been persistent and that has now paid off. 

“Ademola was absolutely convincing during his six-month loan and he will now integrate again quickly and certainly enrich our attacking game even further with his abilities.”

Following the success of 19-year-old England international Jadon Sancho - who's career has completely taken off since he joined Borussia Dortmund from Manchester City in 2017 - Lookman will be hoping to taste similar success in his new venture away from English shores.