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Everton to sign young Coventry City star

18-year-old striker set to join the Blues this summer

Bassala Sambou of Coventry City plays the ball watched by Jason Taylor of Northampton Town during The Emirates FA Cup First Round match
Bassala Sambou of Coventry City plays the ball watched by Jason Taylor of Northampton Town during The Emirates FA Cup First Round match
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Coventry City's German-born striker Bassala Sambou will join Everton this summer. The young forward has rejected a professional deal from the Sky Blues, and will instead sign a contract with the Toffees.

Sambou has sparkled with the Coventry City youth sides, scoring 25 goals this season. Most of that haul came for the Under-18s in the League and FA Youth Cup,  while he also had four goals for the Under-21 team.

Although promised a future role in the club's plans by manager Tony Mowbray, the highly-rated teenager turned down a chance to push for a place in the first team and will sign with Everton. The Coventry Academy graduate has reportedly been at loggerheads with Coventry who made a ‘pretty good offer beyond what we might have offered normal scholars'.

The 18-year-old has only made one senior appearance with Coventry in Football League One, as a substitute on 7 November 2015 in the FA Cup. The Sky Blues lost in the First Round to Northampton Town, with the striker coming on after 58 minutes.