Everton manager Ronald Koeman urges Ross Barkley to make decision over future

Everton manager Ronald Koeman urges Ross Barkley to make decision over future

Everton manager Ronald Koeman urges Ross Barkley to make decision over future

Reports linking Manchester United with want-away Everton striker Romelu Lukaku have intensified after Red Devils executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was pictured meeting with the player's agent, Mino Raiola.

Maybe Ronald Koeman knew something we didn't when he pointedly said in his pre-West Brom news conference, "it's still not signed".

The 23-year-old turned down an offer, reportedly worth £140,000-a-week ($172,000), which would have made Lukaku the highest earner at Everton.

"I think Everton will be a ideal fit for Lukaku for another couple of years - they're investing money in the squad and have some great youngsters coming through".

EVERTON striker Romelu Lukaku has questioned whether the English Premier League club shares his ambition to challenge for major honors and says he wants to be "remembered by winning trophies", not just for scoring goals. "What we need to do and like to do is show everyone that if there is one club outside of the big six to make the next step, then it is Everton".

"First thing is you speak with the player, then I will speak with the board and we will see what will happen but then we have the global break so we have time enough with what we need to do", the manager added.

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"That is what the fans want". No disrespect but you know what I mean?

Everton host Premier League strugglers Hull on Saturday, and Koeman insisted there is no need for Lukaku to miss out on the game following his interview. If he is fit, he will start and he will play and he will score goals.

"Every player likes to play for titles, in the Champions League; that is a normal ambition", Koeman said.

"His behaviour, except this interview, is what I like from the player".

"But it's impossible to do this in one transfer window, and one season". Last night he told Sky Sports News HQ's Jim White.