Everton Look To Bring Loan Duo Romelu Lukaku And Gareth Barry Back Permanently

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Toffees want top performers to return to Goodison.

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has hinted that the club are working hard behind the scenes to bring Gareth Barry and Romelu Lukaku back on permanent deals over the summer, according to Sky Sports.

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Chelsea striker Lukaku and Manchester City midfielder Barry both played key roles in the club’s success last term while turning out on short term deals, and now Kenwright admits that he wants the pair back on permanent deals.

Lukaku is expected to attract some significant interest over the summer as he stars for Belgium during their World Cup campaign, while Barry, 33, is out of contract after his deal at the Etihad expired at the end of the season.

Kenwright said: “Lukaku we would love to keep. Gareth Barry we would love to keep and that is ongoing work and we obviously have to add to the squad, so it is non-stop.

“Romelu was a great addition to Everton. I have to tell you, off the pitch as well as on, he is an extraordinary boy. As you know he speaks all those languages, he’s got a terrific family and he walks the walk as well as talking the talk.

“We would love to have him back and people at Chelsea are good friends of mine so we are hopeful. But he is at the World Cup now and I think we will have to see what happens at the World Cup.

“Gareth Barry had a great season for us and I know the manager has spoken to him and I will meet with his people and we are hopeful that he will be there next season.”

However, he had to admit defeat in letting young Spanish forward Gerard Deulofeu return to parent club Barcelona after impressing in his own loan deal.

Kenwright believes, though, that Roberto Martinez will be more than able to find a suitable replacement for the fleet-footed star.

“Who’s to say what will happen to Deulofeu next season but there will be other Deulofeus that he will be looking at,” he said.

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