Defiant Ronald Koeman still confident of new Romelu Lukaku deal at Everton

Lukaku's future at Goodison Park has been cast into doubt after refusing to sign a new £140,000-a-week contract with the club, as reported by the Telegraph.

The fact that Barkley has not yet committed himself to a new deal may be an indication that he is at least considering other clubs. Rudd said. "That means you care a bit and do have ambitions for the club you are at".

Lukaku, who still has two years to run on his contract, retained the backing of Everton's supporters, who loudly cheered his name before kick-off.

The Belgian striker spoke about his desire to play in the Champions League and questioned Everton's ambition to challenge for titles in an interview on 14 March, sparking an angry reaction from Koeman.

"I do think he'll go".

"You need to have hope in life".

"But it's impossible to do this in one transfer window, and one season".

Piers Morgan has taken to social media to suggest that Arsenal should look to try and sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton this summer - and appoint Ronald Koeman as manager.

However, I wouldn't discount Spurs from the race as Mauricio Pochettino is building an excellent squad at White Hart Lane and Barkley would fit the mold of talented young players that would improve even further under his tutelage.

"The team needs Rom, and to score goals Rom needs the team". We are playing well and we know every game is hard.

We like to continue and keep the momentum.

Lukaku has now scored in seven successive home matches, equalling the great Bob Latchford's record from 1977-78, and has nine in his last six games.

  • Julie Sanders