Farhad Moshiri moves to reassure Everton fans about Romelu Lukaku's future

Just when it looked like Romelu Lukaku was odds-on to extend his stay at Everton, it emerges that the Belgian striker has now rejected the offer on the table.

What is clear is that Lukaku's stalling has provoked a broad spectrum of reactions from Evertonians.

The Belgian forward, 23, had been expected to sign a new, bumper extension with the Toffees that would see him become their highest paid player on close to £150,000 per week.

Costa has netted 49 Premier League goals in 79 games for Chelsea, while Lukaku has scored 47 in 100 games across the same amount of seasons.

On social media there's been a mix of hope he will still sign, realism that maybe Everton need to do more to keep him, and pessimism that he's gone already.

However, Lukaku has told the Toffees he now has no desire to extend a contract that has two years to run. Farhad Moshiri is relaxed about the situation.

"Everybody would be in for him because he has that ability, he's big, he's massive, he's strong, he's quick", Wilkins told Sky Sports.

"It's not an issue", Moshiri told talkSPORT.

Now Belgium's undisputed number one under Roberto Martinez, his development is of great concern in his home country, and DH sat down to discuss what the best option was for the player.

For Everton, this is devastating news.

Lukaku was managed by Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge and, with Everton hopeful of bringing Wayne Rooney back, it has been suggested the two clubs could do a deal.

But The Times offers an intriguing possibility for the future of the English Premier League's joint top scorer.

Lukaku has been open about his ambitions to play in the Champions League and compete for the top prizes, and this stunning twist is likely to lead to a stampede for his signature.

  • Julie Sanders