Tony Cottee delivers verdict on Everton stand-off with Lukaku
By Will Butcher
Tony Cottee has urged Everton to give striker Romelu Lukaku what he wants in order to keep him banging in the goals at Goodison Park.
Lukaku, 23, has been repeatedly reported as interesting a whole host of Europe’s biggest clubs, with the Belgian striker adamant that he will not sign a new deal with the Toffees.
Speaking on Sky Sports News’ Premier League Daily on Monday, former Everton striker Cottee urged Everton chiefs to give in to Lukaku’s demands, “even if it is £250,000 a week”.
“The Lukaku situation is frustrating. If you’re an Everton fan, you want it to be sorted out. If it is about money, give him whatever he wants. Even if it is £250,000 a week,” Cottee said.
“If you keep that player and he scores the goals that get you in the Champions League, it is an absolute bargain.”
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The former Chelsea and West Brom striker has been in red-hot form this season, and currently tops the Premier League’s goalscoring charts with 21 league goals.
However, it remains to be seen how much longer Everton’s number 10 will continue that kind of form for the Merseyside giants, as the summer transfer window approaches.
Lukaku is likely to lead the line for Ronald Koeman’s side on Saturday, as the Toffees travel the short distance to Anfield to face Merseyside rivals Liverpool.
Three points could see Lukaku and the rest of the Everton side climb above Arsenal and Man United into fifth place.