Everton’s Romelu Lukaku has turned down approaches from West Ham United on two occasions, Hammers’ chairwoman Karren Brady has revealed.
Lukaku has been in sensational form this season, and having already bagged 23 goals in the Premier League this season, the Belgium international not only sits atop the goalscoring charts, but is also the favourite to win this year’s Golden Boot award.
Naturally, his performances have attracted the interest of numerous European powerhouses, with clubs like Bayern Munich, Chelsea, and Manchester United, amongst others, involved in the race for his services.
The 23-year-old has publicly revealed that he intends to part ways with the Toffees at the end of this season, and move to a club that has bigger ambitions, and regularly competes in the continent’s most prestigious competition: The UEFA Champions League.
And this target of his is precisely the reason why Lukaku turned down two big offers from fellow Premier League club West Ham United, according to the club’s chairwoman, Karren Brady.
Writing in her column for The Sun, Brady revealed: “Romelu Lukaku is a classic shape for a centre-forward – big, broad and decisive.
“Not all strikers are built like Everton’s star – take Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. None are as important as Lukaku to Everton.
“We (at West Ham) have twice tried to buy him but he wants a club playing Champions League football – and quickly. You can’t dismiss his ambition, but it’s a shame he regards such an admirable club as little more than a stop-over.”