Everton manager Roberto Martinez is trying to sign loanee Romelu Lukaku on a permanent basis from Chelsea this summer, as reported by Sky Sports.

The Belgian striker has notched 15 goals already this season on loan at Goodison Park after an equally impressive spell at West Brom last season.

The Toffees have the chance to close to gap to fourth place Arsenal when they travel to struggling Fulham this afternoon but it seems Europa League football should be a guarantee.

Martinez believes that if Everton finish in the top four then he can attract some big name players to Merseyside, including Lukaku.

“If next season is only domestic competitions then that is one approach, if it is Europe it is a completely different approach and it will depend a lot on the three parties’ conversation,” Martinez said.

“From a football point of view he (Lukaku) found it was perfect to be with us and the influence of having Kevin Mirallas from the national team had a big say,”

“It was one of those moments that felt right and I felt he was the perfect player we needed.

“It has been really successful, firstly for Rom in that he has developed the way we wanted and Chelsea are happy with the way we treated their player.

“The next eight games are going to be huge for our point of view, but also for Rom’s as well.”

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