Everton are said to be exploring the possibility of sending Ademola Lookman out on loan, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Lookman joined the club 12 months ago for a reported £11 million, but after the dream start of netting against Manchester City on his debut the young winger has failed to hold down a first team spot.

The 20-year-old has managed just 24 appearances for the Toffees since his move from Charlton. Lookman has featured 16 times this campaign, 11 of those have come from the bench and he has only accumulated 591 minutes on the pitch.

Sam Allardyce confirmed earlier in the month he was keen to send some youngsters out on short term deals to get a taste of first team action, he said: “Some of them are a lot of young talent that has developed and needs developing and maybe we might choose to let that development happen somewhere else on loan until the end of the season.”