West Bromwich Albion are favourites to sign Romelu Lukaku permanently at the end of the season after the striker said he wants to stay at the club.
Romelu Lukaku signed for Chelsea as the apparent replacement for Didier Drogba. He was big, physical and strong but found first team chances hard to come by.
The natural reaction for Chelsea was to send him out on loan to another Premier League side where he could get games, but it seems to have backfired in a big way.
Lukaku has dropped a massive hint to West Brom that if they want to sign him at the end of the season then he’d love to remain in the Midlands for at least the next couple of years.
The recent arrival of Demba Ba at Stamford Bridge means this is more than possible and Lukaku has even said he doesn’t care about the goings on at Chelsea.
“At this time I'm just looking at my own (situation) and West Brom. I don't really care about what Chelsea are doing at the moment. The next two years will be good for me at West Brom. They will help me build up for a great career, that is for sure,” he told ESPN.
So what are their chances of getting him on a permanent contract?
Well, they’re very good because Chelsea now have a trio of strikers in Ba, Fernando Torres and Victor Moses that Lukaku would struggle to beat for a start in a Chelsea shirt.
He would be available at a reasonable price that West Brom could afford and they already have an idea of the personal terms he will desire in a permanent deal.
They also have an idea over how he can work in their current team as he’s started and been successful on more than one occasion this season.
Most importantly, the manager seems to like him and value him as a striker because if Lukaku had gone to West Brom and Steve Clarke didn’t think he fitted in, he could have just terminated the loan agreement and sent him back to Chelsea.
West Brom could open negotiations for a permanent deal as early as next month with a view to it going through when the summer transfer window officially opens.
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