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29th Nov, 2016 | 5:18pm

Everton fans react to report Juventus sent spies to watch 23-year-old

By Matt Farr

Juventus have shown an interest in signing striker Romelu Lukaku this summer – and Everton fans have responded in humorous fashion.

Italian publication TuttoSport revealed that the European giants sent representatives to watch Lukaku in the 1-0 defeat to Southampton on Saturday.

The Italian giants are said to have been monitoring the striker for a considerable time, but the Toffees have so far managed to retain the services of their most prized asset.

The Belgium international, 23, has picked up exactly where he left off last season, scoring seven goals in 12 appearances in all competitions.

However, he has not found the back of net since the end of October, and was part of the side that were humbled 5-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier in November.

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Lukaku was once more an ineffective figure in the defeat to Southampton at the weekend, with Everton registering just one shot on target.

Upon learning that Juventus ‘fell in love’ with the striker during that game, Everton fans couldn’t contain their laughter.

Here are some of the responses on Twitter:

A fair number of fans are now becoming discontented at Lukaku’s recent level of performances, and are calling for the likes Oumar Niasse, Arouna Kone and Enner Valencia to lead the line instead.

Everton spent £13.5million on Niasse almost a year ago, but the striker has made just seven appearances for the club.

Ronald Koeman did an excellent job at the start of the season in convincing Lukaku to stay at Goodison Park. The former Chelsea frontman had made it clear he wanted a new challenge, but Koeman insisted he would be an important part of his newly-inherited squad.

However, having won just one of their last eight games, if Everton fail to meet Lukaku’s needs, then they will once again face a battle to keep him at the club.

In other Everton news, here are three reasons why things have turned sour for Ronald Koeman.