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Lukaku Becomes Club Record Signing

Striker arrives for £28million and pens five-year deal.

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Everton Football Club is delighted to announce the permanent transfer of Romelu Lukaku.

The 21-year-old striker, who spent last season on loan at Goodison Park, rejoins the Blues for a Club record transfer fee of £28million on a five-year contract.

Lukaku made 33 appearances and scored 16 goals during his initial spell on Merseyside and quickly made himself a favourite among Evertonians.

An established Belgian international with 32 caps, Lukaku shot to prominence while a teenager at Anderlecht before earning a move to the Premier League with Chelsea in 2011. 

A loan spell at West Bromwich Albion followed 12 months later before he arrived at Everton during the dramatic final minutes of the August 2013 transfer window.

Lukaku said: “I am really excited about rejoining Everton. I had a fantastic experience last season and a great relationship with the manager, the chairman, the staff, the players and the fans. I can’t wait to get started again and I’m looking forward to a successful season.”

Chairman Bill Kenwright commented: “Romelu was a massive part of the jigsaw for Roberto and Everton and nobody is more pleased than me that an 11-month quest ended at lunchtime today, thanks hugely to the efforts of all parties, including Rom, his representative, Chelsea and, of course, Roberto.”

Martinez added: "Welcoming Romelu Lukaku back to Everton on a permanent basis is the news that all Evertonians wanted to hear.

"We know that Romelu is still a young man and the potential that he has is quite unique, and we are desperate to see him enjoying his football and to watch him grow as footballer in the years to come.

"The arrival of Rom is more than just a signing, it's the fruition of a lot of hard work to get the player we wanted. This is a big moment for Everton's history and the perfect way of getting the squad ready for the start of the season.”

Lukaku, who will wear the number 10 shirt, will now return home to Belgium for the next few days but will be back at Goodison Park on Sunday ahead of Leon Osman’s testimonial.

The news follows Everton’s summer signings of Gareth Barry and Muhamed Besic, as well as the contract extensions signed by Roberto Martinez, Ross Barkley and Seamus Coleman.

 

Alan StockerThis is going to be a great season, well done to all who made it happen. I am an ex patriot living in the states since 1969.

Thursday 31st July 15:42 Report Comment

Robert JacksonJust christened Roberto Mr Tambourine Man, you just have to follow him

Thursday 31st July 10:05 Report Comment

Robert BellGreat signing now to bring in another one or two to the squad

Thursday 31st July 09:54 Report Comment

Brian ShadmehriGreat news! This is a happy day for all Everton fans!

Thursday 31st July 03:28 Report Comment

Clive Lucas-FenwickThere is a God!

Wednesday 30th July 23:58 Report Comment

Francis BlueAlthough Lukaku is a good player, but the transfer fee is too high for our club and I am afraid the health of financial status of our club may get worse.....

Wednesday 30th July 23:56 Report Comment

David CurnowFantastic News to wake up to this morning. Can't wait for the season to begin. Welcome home Rom, you'll have the "Scouse" accent to go with your 30 goals in the 2014/15 season.

Wednesday 30th July 23:48 Report Comment

Oz OwenOmg! Thank you Bill Kenwright for providing the Everton faithfully with a truly gifted striker that can be as good as Shapey was. 21 and a 5 year contract.

Wednesday 30th July 23:19 Report Comment

patrick liddaneWelcome back Rom, let's make history at Everton. The future is looking bright. COYB

Wednesday 30th July 22:55 Report Comment

arthur mcgowanDelighted, he,s only just 21 and will get even better. A big thank you to Bobby and Bill and a huge welcome to Romelu.

Wednesday 30th July 22:48 Report Comment

leon brittonam very happy with that signing a couple more now and then for sure were top 4 contenders for this season COYB

Wednesday 30th July 22:37 Report Comment

stephen rogershappy days!!

Wednesday 30th July 22:22 Report Comment

william bentleyGreat buy well done Bill from blue Billy coyb

Wednesday 30th July 21:58 Report Comment

Aakarsh ChandanLove this. The school of Science is back!

Wednesday 30th July 21:45 Report Comment

michael kelseyGet in Martinez. COYB, Martinez working his magic again.

Wednesday 30th July 21:37 Report Comment

paul hopleyGreat couple of days first Ross now Rom perfect !!

Wednesday 30th July 21:35 Report Comment

Ciaran FarrellyWell done to all who made this move happen

Wednesday 30th July 21:32 Report Comment

Ian ScallionGreat to see you back Rom, love your determination to improve even more than last season when you made us all leap out of our seats many times to salute your ace goals!

Wednesday 30th July 21:30 Report Comment

Richard HughesGreat signing -Lukaku -a proper striker with pace and power

Wednesday 30th July 21:24 Report Comment

Ciaran FarrellyWelcome back home Big Man, Nil Satis Nisi Optimum

Wednesday 30th July 21:21 Report Comment

gareth butterworthThank you Bill, you've brought the big-time back to the Blues!!

Wednesday 30th July 21:17 Report Comment

barry heyesWorth every penny and he will be worth double before the end of the season ... Thanks Jose and thanks Chelsea we always knew that Mourhino was a blue!

Wednesday 30th July 21:13 Report Comment

barry heyesWorth every penny and he will be worth double before the end of the season ... Thanks Chelsea!

Wednesday 30th July 21:07 Report Comment

paul DooganThings are looking good , let's get the season started

Wednesday 30th July 21:04 Report Comment

David JonesWell done Bill Kenwright!

Wednesday 30th July 21:02 Report Comment

lee wattersonWelcome rom ur now a true blue well done to mr kenwright for making this happen lookin forward to a great season ahead COYB

Wednesday 30th July 21:02 Report Comment

Bill Hayesyes yes yes yes yes

Wednesday 30th July 20:58 Report Comment

Peter HalliwellBest news all week. Welcome again Rom. Get us off to a flyer. COYB IMWT

Wednesday 30th July 20:56 Report Comment

christopher deanAmazing news!, A couple more then we're ready :-)

Wednesday 30th July 20:55 Report Comment
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