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Everton Closing in on Romelu Lukaku Signing

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EvertonMultiple reports out of the United Kingdom say that Everton has sealed the signing of Romelu Lukaku, the Belgian striker, who plays for Chelsea.

The Belgian is 21 and is said to be ready to sign a deal for five years for a transfer fee of an estimated $50 million. The fee would be huge for Everton, but until everything is confirmed, there is no way to find out just how much Chelsea wants from the deal.

It is more likely that the deal will be closer to $40 million, which would still be an Everton club record for a transfer.

In 2011, Lukaku was signed by Chelsea from Anderlecht for $17 million, which with add ons reached $27 million. Chelsea already has recently signed Diego Costa and fellow Spaniard Fernando Torres up front.

However, Roberto Martinez the manager at Everton sees the Belgian striker as the right player to build the offense around at Everton. He is willing to open the club wallet to seal a deal that would have Lukaku permanently with the Toffees.

Last season while at Everton on loan from Chelsea he scored 15 goals.

Lukaku came off the Belgium bench in the 2014 World Cup match versus the U.S. during extra time and bullied his way to scoring a goal and handing out an assist in the 2-1 win by Belgium that knocked the U.S. out of the tournament during the round of 16 and advanced the Belgians to the quarterfinals.

Ever since Lukaku arrived in 2011 at Chelsea, he has not played regularly at Stamford Bridge. For the past two seasons, he has been on loan to West Bromwich Albion and Everton. It appears that he might have found his permanent home with Everton at Goodison Park.

There still is no official statement made by either club, but the Belgian international sent a message out Wednesday morning and since that time, his teammate with Belgium and a former star at Everton Marouane Fellaini congratulated him on his permanent move to Everton.

About James Rhodes

James is an American born sports writer that covers all sports and has a passion for football at every level He began his journalism career then and has been published on numerous sports websites and publications

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