There was a large sigh of relief around the blue half of Merseyside earlier today as Talksport broke the news that Romelu Lukaku would sign a new deal with the club in the coming days.

The powerful Belgian has been in superlative form so far this season and is well in with a chance of securing the Golden Boot in the Premier League.

What he really needs to do to fully prove himself, though, is play in the Champions League and so this story suggests he feels Everton can achieve just that.

The Toffees, of course, are looking like they won’t achieve that this season but under Ronald Koeman they have a talented squad that with the right additions could just make the top four next year.

We know what you’re thinking, though, that new contracts often mean little in modern times and so this could just be a stay of execution for the Toffees rather than a closed case.

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