Everton’s attempt to price their rivals out of signing star striker Romelu Lukaku seems to have had the desired effect according to the Daily Mail.
The report claims that West Ham and Crystal Palace have both pulled out of the race to sign the 23-year-old striker as they were unable to meet his high demands.
Chelsea who sold the powerful striker to Everton for £28 million are reluctant to pay £65 million for their former player.
The Daily Mail claims that Everton may be forced to lower their asking price for Lukaku however, the Express, report the Toffees intentionally set a high asking price to ward off potential suitors.
The Daily Mail reports that Lukaku’s agent Mino Raiola does however, want the Belgium international to leave Everton.
Toffees head coach Ronald Koeman and the club want Lukaku to stay although the striker did hint that he is not entirely convinced with his future at the club following Belgium’s 3-1 defeat against Wales at Euro 2016.
“I need to talk to the club,” Lukaku is quoted as saying (per Express Sport).
The 23-year-old joined Everton on a £28 million move (fee reported by BBC Sport) from Chelsea in 2014 and found the back of the net 25 times in 46 games last season.