Martinez drops Lukaku hint

  • Last Updated: July 27 2014, 13:07 BST

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has hinted that he is hopeful of landing Romelu Lukaku on a permanent deal.

Youtube footage has emerged of Roberto Martinez apparently telling Everton fans that Romelu Lukaku will sign for the club.
Youtube footage has emerged of Roberto Martinez apparently telling Everton fans that Romelu Lukaku will sign for the club.

Belgium striker Lukaku spent last season on loan at Goodison Park from Chelsea, quickly winning the affection of the fans, scoring 15 Premier League goals in 31 appearances.

Everton are currently on tour in Thailand and, when asked by a supporter if there was a possibility of the club re-signing the 21-year-old, Martinez replied: "Of course, we'll get him." 

Bundesliga side Wolfsburg and Italian champions Juventus have also been linked with £20million bids for Lukaku. On Saturday, Sky Bet suspended betting on Lukaku's next club after a string of wagers were placed on Wolfsburg winning the race.

Wolfsburg head coach Dieter Hecking told Sky Sports News: "There are a lot of good strikers in England, and for sure Romelu Lukaku is one of them.

"We showed our interest, but the transfer window is open until the 31 August, so a lot of things will happen. A lot of rumours about Wolfsburg, and you'll be one of the first to know if we have our striker."

Martinez has brought in two new players this summer - Bosnia midfielder Muhamed Besic from Ferencvaros, as well as the permanent signing of former England international Gareth Barry.