West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke is confident of capturing Romelu Lukaku on a second season-long loan.
Lukaku has been in stand-out form for West Brom this season, finding the back of the net 13 times so far this campaign, and has recently come into interest from Swansea City, who are rumoured to be looking into his temporary capture for the whole of next season.
On the Welsh side’s interest, Clarke said: ‘I don’t there is anything in it – it’s idle gossip. I would be very surprised if he ended up there.’
The Belgian was signed for €22M back in 2011 from Anderlecht, but failed to earn a permenent spot in the first team. He was only 18 at the time, and at 20, Chelsea are still confident he will become the star warranted by such a high fee.
Many Blues fans believe he could play a part in our challenge for the Premier League title next season, with many fans praying to see the back of Fernando Torres. His inconsistencies this season have been the main fault in our bid to challenge newly crowned Manchester United in the Premier League.
Should Chelsea decide not to sign a high profile striker, Lukaku should be kept and played ahead of the Spaniard in my opinion. I do expect to see a big striker arrive, with the likes of Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao both expected to move clubs this summer. There could also be the opportunity to sign Mario Gomes from Bayern Munich, having fallen behind Mario Mandzukic in the pecking order. What’s do you think?