Everton fans in the Transfer Tavern have been discussing who the club should target to replace Romelu Lukaku, should the Premier League’s top scorer leave the club this summer.
The Belgian battering ram has notched up 24 goals and six assists in the top flight this season, but has informed manager Ronald Koeman that he doesn’t intend to sign a new contract at Goodison Park – with his current terms due to expire in 2019.
Chelsea have been strongly linked with their former charger, who left Stamford Bridge for Merseyside – initially on loan – in summer 2013 before becoming the Toffees’ all-time top scorer in the Premier League earlier this year.
But according to London Evening Standard, Everton could well source a replacement for Lukaku from the club that have been tipped to re-acquire his services, in the form of on-loan youngster Tammy Abraham.
The 19-year-old has been the difference in Bristol City’s bid to stave off relegation this season, netting 22 times for a side currently just four points clear of the drop zone, and bagged a brace on his full England U21 debut in October.
Chelsea currently don’t intend on selling Abraham and reportedly rejected a £10million bid from a top flight club in January, but it’s claimed Everton’s interest in the teenage forward will strengthen Chelsea’s hand in negotiating any deal for Lukaku.
The tacit suggestion is that Abraham would be allowed to sign for Koeman’s side on a season-long loan, but Toffees punters in the Tavern would rather see a permanent replacement for Lukaku arrive this summer.
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