The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By Chris Dunlavy

NEW Charl­ton Ath­letic boss Karl Robin­son will have cash to spend in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow – though how much could de­pend on the pro­posed sale of £10m won­derkid Ade­mola Look­man.

Re­ports this week sug­gested Ever­ton, man­aged by Ron­ald Koe­man, had beaten off a host of com­pe­ti­tion to land the 19-year-old winger, who has scored seven goals in 25 ap­pear­ances this sea­son.

Crys­tal Palace tabled a bid in the sum­mer, whilst Ar­se­nal and Tot­ten­ham have both dis­patched scouts to the Val­ley in re­cent weeks.

Asked to con­firm the deal, Koe­man said only that “there is in­ter­est in the boy”, and re­fused to put a timescale on any move.

But whilst the two clubs have thrashed out a deal in prin­ci­ple, Ade­mola him­self is yet to be con­vinced that giv­ing up reg­u­lar ga­me­time in League One is a wise move at such a for­ma­tive stage in his ca­reer.

“Ade is one of the nicest kids you’ll ever meet - very brights and very switched on,” said Robin­son of the straight-A stu­dent, who al­ready has two caps for the Eng­land Un­der-20 side. “What­ever hap­pens, it has to be the right move for the club, but es­pe­cially for the player.” Robin­son, along­side coache Ritchie Barker and skip­per John­nie Jack­son, trav­elled to Bel­gium on Thurs­day for talks with owner Roland Duchatelet.

Look­man’s im­pend­ing trans­fer was dis­cussed but of more press­ing im­por­tance was the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow, which Robin­son last week de­scribed as “defin­ing” for the fu­ture of the club.

The ex-MK Dons boss is thought to have pressed the case for a ma­jor over­haul and it ap­pears Duchatelet reg­u­larly ac­cused of ne­glect­ing the Addicks has lis­tened, promis­ing cash for “the right play­ers at the right price”.


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