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Everton boss hints at no permanent move for Romelu Lukaku

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Everton boss Robero Martinez has hinted that he won't be attempting to sign Romelu Lukaku on a permanent basis this summer.

The Belgian has impressed on loan at Goodison Park this season, finding the back of the net 15 times in the league, including a strike in the Toffees' last game of the season, a 2-0 win against Hull City yesterday.

Reports had suggested that Martinez would look to make the talented youngster's move from Chelsea permanent come the end of the season while Tottenham have also been linked with a swoop - however now the Spaniard has hinted that a switch to Merseyside might not be on the cards.

"In any loan deal you do, all you want is for it to be a real success," he told reporters.

"I'm really pleased to say now that Romelu Lukaku has been a real success. "I've seen him grow as a player, as a man and as a footballer and I think he has developed unique memories with Everton.

"I think you saw it today that the fans will always have great memories of Rom's footballing talent.

"Chelsea will be delighted with the progress of the player and we have benefited from having a player like Rom. "Whatever happens next [for Lukaku] will always be positive and a part of what happens in the future."

Chelsea are short of options in attack and could well get rid of Samuel Eto'o, Demba Ba and Fernando Torres this summer. Although they have been heavily linked with Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa, should they lose three of their forwards then they would still be well short in attack - however that hasn't stopped rumours suggesting Lukaku could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge.

Comments made by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho in the past suggest he has an uneasy relationship with Lukaku - and reports have suggested that he could be allowed to leave for £25 million.

Tottenham are said to have spoken to Lukaku's agent over a potential move - however that may not be possible given Spurs' recent uneasy relationship with Chelsea.

Tension was caused between the two clubs when Spurs refused to let Luka Modric join Chelsea three years ago, while the Blues swooped at the last minute to steal Willian from under their north London rivals' noses last year.

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