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Everton increasingly confident of keeping Romelu Lukaku

Ronald Koeman is planning to add a striker to partner the Belgian.

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According to the Liverpool Echo, Ronald Koeman wants to add another striker to his squad to partner Romelu Lukaku next season.

The Blues are increasingly confident of keeping their star striker this summer despite rumours of an exit.

The Belgium international has been linked with a departure all summer after openly discussing his desire to play for a club in the Champions League.

However, Everton remained steadfast in their determination to keep him and slapped a £65 million asking price on his head to ward off interest.

It appears to have worked, with no formal bids having been made and the Liverpool Echo reporting that there is a growing sense of optimism at the club that he will be staying.

Ronald Koeman is determined to do everything he can to make that a reality and is targeting a striker to partner Lukaku next season.

He often cut a frustrated figure as the lone striker under Roberto Martinez, with some of his better performances coming when he was linked up with Arouna Kone.

The Dutchman is keen to tap into that and is targeting a striker to help Lukaku in his side next season, as well as provide more sufficient cover than Arouna Kone and Oumar Niasse currently offer.