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6th Apr, 2017 | 5:30pm

Paul Merson predicts Everton v Leicester, states 23-year-old will leave in summer

By Dominic Toner

Paul Merson has backed Everton to overcome Leicester in the Premier League meeting and is tipping Romelu Lukaku to score at the weekend, but expects the forward to leave in the summer.

The 23-year-old has been the star player for the Toffees this season and spearheaded the attack, but is being linked with a move away from Goodison Park.

Italian outlet Calcio Mercato reported that Lukaku is on the verge of securing a move to Chelsea in the summer transfer window.

Ronald Koeman is expected to name the Belgian striker when the Merseyside club host Leicester on Sunday in the league.

Lukaku has scored 22 goals in 32 appearances this season across all competitions and scored in the reverse fixture against Leicester.

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Sky Sports pundit Merson believes that Everton will manage to beat the Foxes and has predicted a 2-1 scoreline.

“The top four is probably done for Everton now and I think Romelu Lukaku will go in the summer, but he’ll score first here and I expect them to win and end Leicester’s good run,” Merson told Sky Sports.

Everton are without a victory in their last two games and any slim hopes of a top-four finish appear to have vanished.

They earned a 1-1 draw against Manchester United in their last match and are likely to finish in seventh.

Meanwhile, Leicester have been rejuvenated under manager Craig Shakespeare and has has won his first six games in charge across all competitions.

In other Everton news, the club’s supporters reacted to Oumar Niasse scoring against Middlesbrough.

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