Goodison Park

Next Game

Everton v West Ham

Saturday, 22 November 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Stadium of Light

Last Game

S'land 1 - 1 Everton

Sunday, 09 November 2014, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Everton sign Lukaku for £28m

Everton had to overcome a late paperwork scare to finalise the signature of Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku for a club record fee of £28 million.

Last Updated: 31/07/14 at 16:52 Post Comment

The 21-year-old was set to be announced at 7pm on Wednesday evening but after all administration issues were cleared up, manager Roberto Martinez and his new acquisition were introduced to the world's media nearly two hours late.

Lukaku has secured a five-year deal with his record fee exceeding the £15m fee paid for his Belgium compatriot Marouane Fellaini in 2008.

Lukaku said: "I am really excited about rejoining Everton. I had a fantastic experience last season and a great relationship with the manager, the chairman, the staff, the players and the fans. I can't wait to get started again and I'm looking forward to a successful season.

"I have a good relationship with the players. This is the place where I belong. I decided quickly I wanted to come back. Here I have the trust of the staff and supporters."

Martinez added: "It’s a very significant day in the history of our Club. Signing Rom is every Evertonian’s wish. This is a footballing statement of what we want to do. Rom will never say it but his target should be to become one of the best world-class strikers.

"We know that Romelu is still a young man and the potential that he has is quite unique, and we are desperate to see him enjoying his football and to watch him grow as footballer in the years to come.                  

"The arrival of Rom is more than just a signing, it's the fruition of a lot of hard work to get the player we wanted. This is a big moment for Everton's history and the perfect way of getting the squad ready for the start of the season."

Earlier on Wednesday, Lukaku tweeted a photo of himself on an aeroplane with the message: “Time to write a new chapter” and reports grew stronger in the day that the Toffees had finally snared their man with Lukaku not involved in Chelsea's friendly at Vitesse Arnhem and the forward retweeting many goodwill messages.

Lukaku added: "I think I can improve in every aspect. My goalscoring is record is good but I want to get better in every area. I don’t set individual targets. I just want to help my team do better than last season."

Despite the summer departures of strikers Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o, Lukaku’s first-team chances at Chelsea were bleak following Chelsea’s capture of Diego Costa and the return of Didier Drogba.

The Belgian joined Chelsea from Anderlecht for £18m in August 2011 but his chances were limited, playing just 15 games for the Stamford Bridge club.

The following season he was loaned to West Brom where he scored 17 league goals in 35 appearances, helping the club to eighth spot in the Premier League.

He spent last season on loan at Everton where he became a fans’ favourite at Goodison Park after netting 15 times in 35 Premier League matches.

Everton open their Premier League campaign at promoted Leicester City on August 16.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

M

eanwhile, England's best U21 players playing with those most likely to be in the senior team from 2020 onwards might increase their chances in those tournaments to a point where they could actually be potential winners. Unlike 2016.

shagwa
Wenger warns Hodgson

I

m not a doctor, but the cause is likely to be crap dancing after scoring. My prognosis is we may need to take that leg off.

GVMUFC
Rodgers reveals Sturridge woe

F

or the time being we just have to focus on the players we do have, Rodgers said. We have to make the best of what is available. Jesus wept!

rodger's gusset
Rodgers reveals Sturridge woe

Footer 365

Wenger warns Hodgson

Arsene Wenger has warned that England's chances at Euro 2016 may be hindered if senior players are allowed to take part in the European Under-21 Championship next summer.

Ched Evans: PFA understands Sheffield United's decision to retract training offer

The Professional Footballers Association says Sheffield United’s U-turn on Ched Evans is the right decision for all parties.

Dave Whelan controversy: Football Association to investigate comments by Wigan chairman

The Football Association has confirmed it will investigate comments made by Wigan chairman Dave Whelan.

Mail Box

A Funny Mail About Line Dancing & More

We have some great responses to young Jack's question about how readers first got into football. Plus, finally some intelligent thoughts on Dave Whelan's outburst...

United Fans Would Gladly Take Wilshere

That's the message to any Arsenal fans who don't appreciate the midfielder. Plus, plenty on everyone's current favourite football club chairman and a wee question about fandom...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property