Report: Manchester United plotting blockbuster bid to sign Everton striker Romelu Lukaku

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Manchester United are reportedly pursuing Everton goal machine Romelu Lukaku.

According to a report from The Sun, Manchester United are lining up a move for Everton's goalscoring hero Romelu Lukaku.

The Red Devils have struggled in front of goal this season, with Wayne Rooney scoring just two Premier League goals so far in a disappointing campaign.

Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay have flashed ability but haven't proven that they can be regularly relied upon for goals, and fans want to see manager Louis van Gaal splash the cash on a new striker in January.

Now, The Sun report that United are plotting a stunning move to sign Everton's in-form striker Romelu Lukaku, who is one of the most dangerous forwards in the Premier League.

Lukaku, 22, has hit 14 goals in 19 games for Everton, adding to the record of 36 goals in the previous two campaigns at Goodison Park.

The Belgian international has been terrorising defences with his pace, power and improving technical ability - but his exploits this season appear to have triggered interest in his services.

United need a striker who can not only trouble defences in behind, but also provide a focal point that can hold the ball up, and Lukaku fits the bill perfectly.

The problem for Van Gaal's men is that Everton will be desperate to keep hold of their top striker, and as seen by the summer saga involving John Stones and Chelsea, the Toffees are tough to negotiate with when it comes to buying their players.

Ultimately, it's highly unlikely that Lukaku would leave mid-way through the season, and even less likely that Everton would sell in January - but he is certainly the type of striker United need to solve their troubling goalscoring problems.

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