Liverpool legend urges Everton to sign Defoe if Lukaku leaves

Liverpool legend and Sky Sports pundit Phil Thompson believes Everton should look to sign Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe this summer, if they sell Romelu Lukaku.

The Toffees attacker and Premier League top goalscorer – who has netted 24 times in the top flight this season – continues to be linked with a move back to former club Chelsea after turning down a new contract at Goodison Park.

Ronald Koeman is keen to keep hold of the Belgian – who has admitted that he wants to play Champions League football – but if he wants out, then the Merseyside outfit may have little option but to sell him.

Meanwhile, Mackems forward Defoe looks set to exit the Stadium of Light after the club’s relegation to the Championship was confirmed last weekend following a 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth.

The England international is keen to stay in the Premier League in order to keep alive his hopes of being named in England’s 2018 World Cup.

The 34-year-old should have a number of offers too after scoring 14 top flight goals in a struggling side, and Thompson believes Everton could do a lot worse than bring him in on a short-term deal.

He told Sky Sports: “[One] option is Everton, if Romelu Lukaku leaves.

“While they try to find a replacement, Defoe would be an ideal stop-gap fit for them.”

The Toffees’ hopes of finishing in the top four are almost over following a 3-0 home defeat by Chelsea last weekend, but they will look to continue the chase when they face relegation-battling Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday evening.