Ex-striker urges Manchester United to sign top-quality Everton star

Louis Saha says Romelu Lukaku would be the perfect striker for Louis van Gaal's side, despite a hefty price tag.

Former Manchester United and Everton striker Louis Saha has told the International Business Times that the Red Devils should go all out to bring Toffees striker Romelu Lukaku to Old Trafford, as quoted by the Daily Star.

The Belgian forward has scored 23 goals in all competitions this season and is currently enjoying the most profitable campaign of his career in front of goal.

At the age of just 22, the former West Bromwich Albion loanee and Anderlecht man has already scored 117 goals in 269 appearances at senior club level, as well as netting 11 in 42 international caps.

Meanwhile, United have scored just 37 goals in 29 Premier League matches this term, with no player in their squad having scored more than seven league goals and only Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial reaching double figures in all competitions.

Saha, who spent four-and-a-half years at old Trafford before moving to Goodison Park in 2008, where he would stay for another four, is adamant that signing Lukaku would be the perfect move for both United and the player himself.

He told the IBT, as quoted by the Daily Star: "I have to admit that I rated him highly when he was at Chelsea, when he was young. I could see he was not ready [at Chelsea], but now he has performed really well at Everton.

"Definitely he will bring something to the United side because he is strong, he has got that presence to trouble the central defenders. With someone like Lukaku on United's side, especially his presence around the box, along with Martial playing on the left and Rooney also linking with the Lukaku, it will be great.

"It will be nice to have him at United. In terms of strikers, in terms of options, in terms of diversity and attacking options, Lukaku will be a right fit for United."

Lukaku has been linked with a host of top clubs due to his impressive form and goals return this season, which sees him lie second only to Leicester City's Jamie Vardy in the Premier League goalscoring charts.

The 22-year-old is sure to command a huge fee if he moves away from Goodison Park any time soon, with it being reported in January that Everton had put a price tag of £65 million on the striker to ward off interest.

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