Chelsea star Romelu Lukaku attracting Premier League interest

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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew believes a number of clubs will be interested in signing Romelu Lukaku this summer.

Chelsea are reportedly looking to sell the Belgian international this summer despite enjoying an excellent season with Everton and, before that, West Brom.

It seems that Jose Mourinho is no fan of Lukaku and does not want to see him back at Stamford Bridge next season, preferring to sell him for around £17m. Tottenham are believed to be one of the clubs keen to land the 20-year-old.

As well as Tottenham, Everton are also believed to be keen on making his loan move permanent but Pardew doesn't believe the Toffees will be given a clear run at him and hinted that Newcastle will be among the bidders if he goes to auction.

"I think he is a player a lot of clubs will be looking at in the summer. I don't think Everton will get a free run at him," Pardew told reporters.

"At the moment, it is a bit like we are with Loic (Remy). It is a situation that Everton would love to keep him, as we would with Loic, and those questions are really out of Everton's and our control."

Mourinho is looking for a wholesale change to his forward line this summer and could choose to release all four of the established strikers on the books at Stamford Bridge. The Blues are unlikely to renew the contract of Samuel Eto'o while offers will be entertained for Demba Ba and Fernando Torres.

Chelsea are thought to be looking at Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid and Mario Mandzukic as potential replacements for the out-of-favour strikers.

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