Chelsea starlet on Merseyside radar - reports

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Everton are planning a January swoop for Chelsea starlet Romelu Lukaku, according to The Daily Mail.

 

David Moyes will sound out the Stamford Bridge side regarding a loan deal for the young Belgian forward, who has so far been used sparingly by Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas

 

Moyes believes Lukaku would provide some much needed energy up front, as well as some physical presence to compensate for the continued absence of Victor Anichebe.

 

The Scot is hoping Chelsea will agree that some Premier League playing time could be to the advantage of all parties involved.

 

The Toffees front line has been ailing this season, with Tim Cahill's lack of goalscoring form adding to Louis Saha’s perennial fitness issues.

 

Any deal will be dependent on the Chelsea futures of Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba, who are both coming to the end of their contracts.

 

Anelka has been offered a huge contract by Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua if he becomes a free agent, though Chelsea are believed to prefer cashing in on the French veteran in the transfer window.

 

Drogba is currently the subject of interest from MLS side LA Galaxy, who want to sign the Ivorian when his contract is up.

 

If either of the two elder statesmen in the Chelsea side were to leave, Villas-Boas would be unwilling to let Lukaku leave because of worries over attacking cover.

 

Should Everton succeed in their bid, Lukaku would join his international compatriot Marouane Fellaini.

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