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"It’s a very significant day in the history of our Club.” – Roberto Martinez on Everton signing Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea

A major coup for the Toffees as the big Belgian returns home

Laurence Griffiths

No Evertonians you weren’t dreaming! Like most Blues I was expecting to wake up this morning and realise last night was something I had dreamt.

Everton have paid £28million to bring Romelu Lukaku in permanently. Even now that sentence doesn’t seem real. Once the 21-year-old is wearing the number 10 rather than number 17 it might just sink in that Lukaku is an Everton player.

July 30, 2014 is a date that will go down in the Blues’ history not only for breaking their transfer record but also - depending on what the striker goes on to accomplish as an Everton player, could prove to be one of the most significant days at the football club.

At yesterday’s press conference Roberto Martinez was quoted as saying, "It’s a very significant day in the history of our Club. Signing Rom is every Evertonian’s wish. This is a footballing statement of what we want to do. Rom will never say it but his target should be to become one of the best world-class strikers."

Watching and listening to the Everton manager, it was clear he was just as excited as any Toffee supporter with his latest acquisition.

The Spaniard went on to say; "We know that Romelu is still a young man and the potential that he has is quite unique, and we are desperate to see him enjoying his football and to watch him grow as footballer in the years to come.

"The arrival of Rom is more than just a signing, it's the fruition of a lot of hard work to get the player we wanted. This is a big moment for Everton's history and the perfect way of getting the squad ready for the start of the season."