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Chelsea will not allow Romelu Lukaku to leave according to Everton boss

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Everton take on West Bromwich Albion Monday January 20, 2014 and will be looking to jump ahead of both Tottenham and Liverpool and reclaim the rights to fourth place in the Barclay's Premier League. One player in the spotlight remains their current on-loan striker from London side Chelsea.

Since his arrival on Merseyside with Everton, Chelsea youngster Romelu Lukaku has bagged nine goals for the Toffees and has been a major part of their current season's success.

Much like he was last season for West Brom, Lukaku has been a crucial component of making a club achieve more than many had expected from them.

Everton are on the verge of finding a way to make a shock top four finish as the Toffees are only three points from fourth place behind local rivals Liverpool.

With Lukaku known as a big part of the club's success and potential continued success next season, many have linked the on-loan Chelsea star with a permanent move to Goodison Park.

However, Everton boss Roberto Martinez knows that the Blues are not likely to listen to offers for Lukaku at this time according to his comments to Sky Sports, "I know Chelsea are not contemplating listening to any offers and Romelu is highly regarded there."

Having sold Nikica Jelavic to Hull City, Martinez needs a new permanent first team attacker on his squad. Lukaku is the most coveted choice but there is no guarantee that Chelsea would be willing to listen to offers in the summer either.

The Toffees take on West Brom this Monday afternoon as they look to move into the top four and fight for more pull in the transfer market to ensure that they can get two solid replacements for Jelavic and potentially Lukaku if he indeed is recalled to Chelsea for good this summer.

Thomas is the Managing Editor of SWOL.co, follow him @socceratz and on Facebook.

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