How Lukaku Disregarded Witchdoctor's Advice and Joined Man United

Everton boss Sam Allardyce said the club had to cash in on Lukaku when they had the chance

Everton boss Sam Allardyce said the club had to cash in on Lukaku when they had the chance

Lukaku joined for £75m in the summer having been the subject of a tug-of-war between the Old Trafford club and his former side Chelsea having made it clear he didn't want to stay at Goodison Park when he rejected a new contract worth £140,000-a-week last March.

"Then somehow during the meeting, Romelu called his mother and said she was on a pilgrimage to Africa and had seen some sort of voodoo message that said he had to sign for Chelsea".

"If I tell you what we offered him you wouldn't believe it but they offered him a better deal".

Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has promised to stop speaking to Sky Sports presenter Jim White when he is "upset" at night.

"With Romelu I wasted two summers trying to keep him", the British-Iranian billionaire said at Everton's AGM.

The 24-year-old's representative told the BBC: 'Romelu's decision had nothing to do with voodoo.

"Romelu is very catholic and voodoo is not part of his life or his beliefs".

"We tried to offer him a better offer than Chelsea".

Moshiri also spoke about Ross Barkley refusing to sign a new deal at Everton unless the club agreed to sell "his friend" John Stones to Manchester City, while also claiming that Jim White had used private conversations as the basis for news stories on Sky Sports News.

"He distances himself from these beliefs and this statement and will now see what judicial steps can be taken in relation to them". "He'd gone to Los Angeles and wouldn't come back, his brain had gone".

Premier League champions Chelsea had bid for Lukaku, but he opted instead to join Jose Mourinho's Manchester United. To buy Rom now would be £120 million. He was in LA [with Paul Pogba] and he wouldn't come back.

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