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Everton increasingly confident of landing Lukaku - outright

Everton are closing on a permanent deal for Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku. The Daily Mail says Roberto Martinez has made signing the Belgian his top priority of the summer and is looking increasing like landing his man possibly in the next 48 hours.

Martinez, who had considered Demba Ba as an alternative but could not agree his £80,000 a week personal terms, will have pulled off a major coup if he persuades the 21-year-old Belgian to sign.

It is understood that extensive preparations have been made for his return with Everton due to return from their training camp in Austria tonight.

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