Everton fans won't turn on Romelu Lukaku despite stalled talks - Koeman

Romelu Lukaku ended a week in which he turned down a lucrative new contract offer with two goals as Everton beat 10-man Hull City to move level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin's first goal for the club, in only his sixth Premier League appearance, gave Everton an eighth-minute lead but it was not until substitute Enner Valencia added the second, after Tom Huddlestone was sent off for a high tackle on Idrissa Gana Gueye, that the result was secured. Lukaku was not finished there, though, doubling his tally in the final minute of stoppage time after latching onto Omar Elabdellaoui's very bad back-pass. He has so far refused to sign an extension to his contract, much to Ronald Koeman's frustration.

Everton now sit seventh in the Premier League table, two points behind Manchester United though the Old Trafford club have two games in hand. "Everybody loves Rom", Koeman said of Lukaku, who has just over two years remaining on his current deal.

If he does go, Everton will need to make big-name signings, especially with Romelu Lukaku now also seemingly destined to depart the Merseyside club.

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A calf injury to Morgan Schneiderlin was the one downside of the day and the influential midfielder is likely to miss the Merseyside derby at Anfield immediately after the worldwide break.

Sam Clucas should have equalised late in the first half when Ashley Williams' header back to Joel Robles fell short of the goalkeeper, but the Hull midfielder's weak effort drifted over.

"The decision of the referee about the red card was too harsh I believe".

Valencia came off the bench in the 77th minute and 60 seconds later he killed off Hull with a fine finish from Lukaku's pass. Lukaku still found time to find the net again by exploiting a defensive mix-up.

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