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Everton, Aston Villa And West Ham Form Queue For Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku

Premier League trio want Belgian on loan.

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Chelsea will allow striker Romelu Lukaku to go on loan for the duration of next season, with Everton, Aston Villa and West Ham all keen on the Belgium international.

The 19-year-old is considered one of the most promising forwards in Europe after breaking into Anderlecht’s first-team aged 16 and bagging 33 League goals in three seasons for the Belgians.

But Lukaku has endured a frustrating time since his move to Stamford Bridge last summer, managing just one Premier League start all season and failing to score in the Carling Cup and seven sub appearances in the league.

New Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo wants Lukaku to spend a season on loan at a Premiership side, with claret and blue duo West Ham and Aston Villa both taking an interest, along with cash-strapped Everton.

The powerful forward, who already has 14 caps and 2 goals for his country, is highly-rated by Di Matteo – who was finally handed a two-year contract by Chelsea yesterday – but the Italian thinks he is too raw to step straight into the first-team.

Aston Villa and West Ham are both interested in a Norwich striker Grant Holt but the Canaries are pricing the 31-year-old out of a move, leaving Lukaku as a viable alternative. Everton also want a target man to complement prolific striker Nikica Jelavic and are interested provided Chelsea do not demand a hefty loan fee.

Lukaku is desperate for Champions League football and would be happy to move away from Stamford Bridge for a season. The young striker admitted he felt no satisfaction at Chelsea’s FA Cup and Champions League double because he played no significant part in them

The hulking forward admitted last month that he was likely to go out on loan, telling De Standaard newspaper, “During the conversation with the manager I will see whether he’s serious about me or not. If not, I will go away on loan. I have to play.”

Although Didier Drogba has left Chelsea, the club are on the verge of signing Porto striker Hulk as a direct replacement.

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