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Martinez: Of course we'll get Lukaku

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Romelu Lukaku spent last season on loan at Goodison Park © Getty Images
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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has told fans he is confident of bringing Romelu Lukaku back to the club.

Lukaku scored 15 goals in 31 Premier League appearances as he spent last season on loan at Goodison Park from Chelsea.

Martinez, who is also keen to bring Monaco forward Lacina Traore back to Everton following a loan spell last season, has made no secret of the fact that he wants to re-sign Lukaku.

In a YouTube video captured for a fans' website during the club's pre-season trip to Thailand - where they face Leicester in a friendly on Sunday - the Everton manager gave fans hope that a deal could be completed.

Asked by a supporter if Everton would be signing Lukaku, Martinez said: "Of course we'll get him."

That comment has come after Everton head of recruitment Ian Atkins suggested that Lukaku wanted to return to Goodison.

"Romelu had a terrific season for Everton last year and I know everyone at the football club wants to see him back," Atkins told talkSPORT.

"Hopefully things can be sorted out, I think he's quite settled in his mind that he wants to come to Everton, and hopefully he'll be pulling on our blue shirt again next term.

"Our loan signings all did brilliant for us last season. Gareth Barry has signed permanently now which is fantastic, and hopefully Lukaku will as well."

A deal for the striker would give Everton a further lift following the arrival from Hunagrian club Ferencvaros of Bosnia midfielder Muhamed Besic, who has joined the squad in Thailand and whose signing is set to be confirmed officially by the club when they return to England this coming week.

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