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Everton keen on Charlton forward Lookman, confirms Koeman

Everton boss Ronald Koeman has revealed the club are interested in signing 19-year-old Charlton forward Ademola Lookman.

Reports have suggested the Toffees are set to pay a fee of £10million for the teenager in a deal they expect to complete early in the January transfer window .

When asked about Lookman at his press conference on Wednesday ahead of Friday's Premier League away clash with Hull, Koeman said: "There is interest for the boy, yes."

The Dutchman was not prepared to estimate when a deal for Lookman, who has scored seven goals so far this season, might be wrapped up.

Everton have also targeted Manchester United duo Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay and, regarding the forthcoming window more generally, Koeman said: "It is a busy time because we have a lot of games in a short time and, of course, I'm involved in new players, in making the team stronger.

"We are working on that. We have certain interest in some players."

He added with a smile: "Some names (the club are being linked with) are true and some names are not true. That is all speculation.

"One time it is possible, but most of the time it is bulls***!"

Koeman has developed something of a reputation for straight talking, not least when it has come to assessing his players' performances.

Midfielder Ross Barkley, who was once again dropped from the first XI to the bench for the 2-0 win at Leicester on Boxing Day, has notably come in for some criticism this season.

But when he received a question on Wednesday about Barkley, Koeman was reluctant to say much and admitted he has perhaps been "too honest" in the past when publicly expressing his thoughts about his players.

"I think it's better not always talking about him," Koeman said.

"I need to protect myself a little bit - maybe I am not so good an actor.

"Maybe sometimes I am too honest with my thoughts about players. Okay - not again!"

Koeman also revealed Everton will again on Friday be without goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, absent from the Leicester contest due to a dead leg, as well as midfielder James McCarthy (hamstring), who the manager has suggested will be ready for action in 10 days.

The Merseyside outfit head into the game against rock-bottom Hull looking to register a third victory in four games.

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