COMMENT by Amir Mir
Everton head of recruitment Steve Walsh will have a big job on his hands if Romelu Lukaku decides to walk through the exit doors of Finch Farm this summer.
Sky Sports reported on Tuesday afternoon that the 23-year-old has told the Toffees that he will not sign a new contract with the club.
Lukaku has scored 19 Premier League goals this season, a tally which is priceless to Ronald Koeman and the Toffees supporters.
BREAKING: Sky sources – Romelu Lukaku tells Everton he will not sign a new contract. More now on SSNHQ.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) March 14, 2017
Losing the Belgium international would be a body blow to the club and it would be an even bigger task replacing the powerful forward.
Everton should sign not one but two replacements, Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorer, Wayne Rooney and Sunderland striker, Jermain Defoe.
Between them, the experienced pair have amassed 173-caps for the England national team, scoring 72 goals.
Signing them would be a logical move for Koeman because the club would not need to pay big money for the duo and the Dutchman will know what to expect from them.
Rooney is a boyhood Everton fan, his experience added with the quality of playing in various positions would help those around him such as Ross Barkley and Ademola Lokman.
Furthermore, Defoe has notched up 14 Premier League goals this term for a Sunderland side that is sitting rock-bottom in the table and heading for the Championship.
Signing him up for a small fee from a relegated club would be a win-win situation for the Merseyside outfit – 29 goals in his last 60 PL matches for the Black Cats suggests so.
Not only that, aside from their wages, it would still give Koeman the opportunity to take the risk and sign a big name forward for a big fee knowing if it does not come off, he has the reliability of Rooney and Defoe as back up.
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