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Lukaku transfer was ´voodoo´ - Moshiri makes bizarre claim over striker´s Everton exit

10 January 2018

Everton's major shareholder has said that the Merseyside club offered an "unbelievable" amount of money to Romelu Lukaku to convince him to stay at Goodison Park before he opted to join Manchester United in the summer.

Lukaku has been left angry by those claims and maintains the decision to leave was to further his career.

Barkley is another high-profile player allowed to leave, to Chelsea this month, but Moshiri told a shareholders' meeting he did not try as hard to keep the England midfielder as he did Lukaku. If I tell you what we offered him you won't believe what we did and we then offered him a better deal.

"Robert [Elstone, chief executive] was there, everything was in place, there were a few reporters outside".

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"His agent came to Finch Farm to sign the contract then Lukaku phones his mother and 'there was a pilgrimage to Africa and some sort of voodoo that says he had to sign for Chelsea".

Lukaku cost Manchester United £75million in the summer after rejecting a new £140,000-a-wee k contract at Everton. "He'd gone to Los Angeles and wouldn't come back, his brain had gone".

"I wasted two summers to keep him".

The meeting also heard more on the club's plans for a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock, which are progressing - but so are costs.

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Some had believed that Lukaku's switch to United was merely down to the amount of wages that Everton were willing to pay him - the Belgium worldwide having rejected a huge salary hike if he penned a contract extension last March.

"The first summer, I spent nearly three months, and we managed to keep him for another year". Chairman Bill Kenwright said the development, which the club hope to be playing in by 2022, would cost £500m.

He later changed his mind and moved to Old Trafford in a Sh12 billion deal, despite a long standing interest from Chelsea.

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Lukaku transfer was ´voodoo´ - Moshiri makes bizarre claim over striker´s Everton exit