Everton expect to complete a £10m deal for Charlton’s 19-year-old forward Ademola Lookman early in the January transfer window.
Director of Football Steve Walsh has made the signing a priority and the move is likely to go through quickly as manager Ronald Koeman starts what is expected to be a busy January.
Lookman scored his seventh goal of the season in Charlton’s 1-0 win at MK Dons on Boxing Day.
He was also linked with Crystal Palace.
When asked about Lookman at his press conference on Wednesday ahead of Friday’s Premier League away match with Hull, Koeman said, “There is interest for the boy, yes.”
Everton – with Walsh a key figure – are embarking on a policy of recruiting emerging young talent as well as established players.