Alan Pardew hints at Romelu Lukaku interest

Everton's Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Southampton during their Premier League match on December 29, 2013
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Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew suggests that he is keen on signing Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has hinted that he is interested in signing Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgian international, 22, is currently enjoying a season-long loan with Everton.

While Lukaku has been linked with a permanent switch to the Toffees, Pardew believes that the Merseysiders will face stern competition for the youngster's signature.

"I think he is a player a lot of clubs will be looking at in the summer. I don't think Everton will get a free run at him," he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News.

"At the moment, it is a bit like we are with Loic (Remy). It is a situation that Everton would love to keep him, as we would with Loic, and those questions are really out of Everton's and our control."

Lukaku has scored 12 goals in 24 games for Everton during the current campaign.

Newcastle United assistant manager John Carver during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace on March 22, 2014
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