Everton star set to put pen-to-paper on new five-year deal

According to reports on talkSPORT, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is set to end any speculation regarding his future by signing a new five-year deal with the club this week.

What’s the story, then?

Well, the Belgian striker’s agent, Mino Raiola, held talks with the Merseyside outfit last month over a new long-term contract extension, and talkSPORT are now claiming that a deal will be completed later this week, with the signature of Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright all that is now needed.

Lukaku moved to Goodison Park from Chelsea in the summer of 2014 following a successful loan spell, and he has quickly gone on to prove that he is one of the best finishers in the Premier League.

How big a boost is this for Everton?

It’s a huge one.

Lukaku was heavily linked with a move back to former club Chelsea last summer, and manager Ronald Koeman – and the supporters – would have been relieved that no transfer materialised.

The prolific attacker has continued to go from strength to strength and became the club’s all-time Premier League top goalscorer when he netted his 61st top flight goal for the club in their 3-2 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday – taking his tally to 18 for the season.

Does this show that the club is going places?

Definitely. Keeping your best players – as a club like Southampton have struggled to do in recent seasons – could be the first step on the ladder as Everton and Ronald Koeman look to challenge for a spot in the Premier League’s top four in years to come.