Everton will launch a bid to make the loan move of Romelu Lukaku permanent if they can overhaul Arsenal in the race for the last Champions League spot, reports the Daily Mail.
The Belgian striker was sent on a season long loan to Goodison Park at the beginning of the season and has seen his stock rise even further after an impressive spell at West Brom.
Lukaku has scored 12 goals in the Premier League and helped contribute to what has been an impressive first season for Roberto Martinez. They remain in the race for fourth place, lying six points behind Arsenal with a game in hand.
They also host the Gunners on Merseyside next weekend and could overtake them if Arsenal succumb to Manchester City this Saturday at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsene Wenger is struggling to steady the ship in north London after the 6-0 loss to Chelsea last weekend and the subsequent 2-2 draw against Swansea on Tuesday night. Everton have the momentum going into the business end of the season.
If they do manage to make into Europe's top competition, Martinez will look to spend the majority of his £20m budget on Chelsea striker Lukaku.
The 20-year-old has settled to life at Goodison Park but is keen to play Champions League football next year. Unfortunately, a media run-in with Jose Mourinho means he may not be welcome at Stamford Bridge next season.
Mourinho has criticised Lukaku more than once since sending him on loan, hinting that it was Lukaku who was to blame for his absence in west London this season. Reports suggest that the Special One is happy to cash in on the young Belgian, as he doesn't see a place for him in his Stamford Bridge line up.
It adds more pressure on Martinez to make the Champions League with fans keen to see progress after 10-years of modest consistency under David Moyes.
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