Everton misled new signings, suggests former Liverpool star

Rob McCarthy

Former Liverpool goalkeeper David James has suggested that some of Everton’s new signings could have been misled by the club in order to get them to join.

The ex-England international believes that many of the new arrivals will have agreed to deals based on Romelu Lukaku being at the club, and will now be disappointed to see the striker in Man United colours next season.

“It makes me laugh because, dare I say, there were a few players signed before Lukaku left,” James told the Daily Star.

“I can imagine part of the conversation [before signing] would have to have included the word ‘Lukaku’.

“And then two minutes later he leaves. Whether or not players are happy or not with the fact he’s left remains to be seen.”

Lukaku had been linked with a move since the start of the summer, with former club Chelsea and Man United battling it out for his signiture, with the latter finally securing his services with a £75million deal.

Everton have been extremely busy in this transfer window as they aim to break into the top six in the Premier League, with the likes of Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane and Davy Klaassen joining the Merseyside club for hefty fees.

But so far the only new faces who could replace Lukaku up front are Wayne Rooney and Sandro Ramirez, neither of who carry the same physical threat as the Belgian international, meaning more transfer activity could be on the cards.

Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke and Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud have both been suggested as possible replacements for the 25-goal forward.