Cape Town - Former
Everton forward Tony Cottee says his former club should do whatever it
takes to keep striker Romelu Lukaku at Goodison Park.
Lukaku, who is the Premier League's leading scorer so far this season
with 21 goals, has reportedly decided against signing a new deal with
the Toffees and has questioned the club's ambition.
But television pundit Cottee, who scored 72 goals for Everton between
1988 and 1994, feels the club should do everything necessary to keep
the 23-year-old Belgium international, even if that means going over the
Cottee said on the Premier League Daily show: "The Lukaku situation
is frustrating. If you're an Everton fan, you want it to be sorted out.
"You don't want to be reading that your top striker is 99%
certain of signing a contract and then, all of a sudden, he is not going
"If it is about money, give him whatever he wants. Even if it is £250,000 a week.
"If you keep that player and he scores the goals that get you in the Champions League, it is an absolute bargain."
He added: "The one thing you can't deny is he is still only 23 years
of age, he has been in outstanding form this season, and he is one of
the top strikers in Europe."