Sep 2, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT
At this point, you probably know. But if you don’t — if you’re new around these parts — allow me to let you in on a little secret: If we put “Report:” in front of a headline, that means we could be more confident in the source. So when, earlier today, we broke out the prefix for Sky Sports’ report that Romelu Lukaku is going back to West Brom, that was a huge, festering hint this follow-up post may be necessary.
According to the latest reports, Lukaku will move to Everton, where the Deadline Day’s original reports had him going. The Toffees will pick up the 20-year-old Belgian on a year-long loan, the second consecutive year the big number nine’s been lent out within the Premier League.
He will be quite an addition for an Everton team currently suffering through a 205-minute scoreless drought. Despite maintaining over 60 percent possession in each of their three Premier League matches, the Toffees have only scored twice. With Lukaku in, possibly replacing Nikica Jelavic up top, Everton may have the number nine they lack.
We went over Chelsea and Lukaku’s sides of this deal earlier. It’s a bit beguiling why José Mourinho’s willing to let one of his number nines go, but at the same time, a move makes sense for the young striker, if playing time is his priority.
If it is, Lukaku stands a better chance of seeing it at Goodison Park than Stamford Bridge.
Aug 27, 2015, 7:37 PM EDT
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Aug 27, 2015, 7:09 PM EDT
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Aug 27, 2015, 5:41 PM EDT
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Aug 27, 2015, 4:38 PM EDT
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Aug 27, 2015, 4:00 PM EDT
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Aug 27, 2015, 2:20 PM EDT
Neymar could be a stunt double for Limerick’s Barry Cotter.
Aug 27, 2015, 1:41 PM EDT
UCL draw hands two PL teams favorable groups. As for the other two… woof.
Aug 27, 2015, 1:16 PM EDT
Argentine superstar picks up second UEFA Best Player award after stunning treble-winning season.
Aug 27, 2015, 12:42 PM EDT
The stars will be out in force as heavyweights collide at the first hurdle.
Aug 27, 2015, 11:30 AM EDT
Experienced center backs both missed Liverpool game through injury. Will they return this weekend?
Aug 27, 2015, 10:50 AM EDT
All the latest gossip from around the PL.
Aug 27, 2015, 10:05 AM EDT
Super Mario knows he is running out of chances to salvage his career.
Aug 27, 2015, 9:20 AM EDT
Gunners boss says he will be available “24 hours” as Deadline Day approaches.
Aug 27, 2015, 8:28 AM EDT
Back in black, the Red Devils have a snazzy new jersey for their UCL games this season.
Aug 27, 2015, 7:45 AM EDT
Have City given up on signing KDB this summer?
Aug 26, 2015, 10:03 PM EDT
Three matches certainly don’t tell the tale of an entire season, but it’s a decent length chapter in the story of the 2015-16 Premier League.
Aug 26, 2015, 8:42 PM EDT
Martinez wants Stones to stay, and says chairman Bill Kenwight isn’t going to cash in this late in the window.
Aug 26, 2015, 7:56 PM EDT
The Times’ Chief Football Correspondant Oliver Kay says the move should be done soon, and for less than $90 million.
Aug 26, 2015, 7:07 PM EDT
Forget the weaker opposition for a second, and enjoy that the 18-year-old Zelalem was dynamite.
Aug 26, 2015, 6:42 PM EDT
A retooled group stage draw could provide some incredibly high-profile groups for this season’s UEFA Champions League.
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